Birthplace: Connellsville, PA
When Angelo Bertelli entered the Marine after the sixth game of Notre Dame's 1943 season, John Lujack became Bertelli's replacement at quarterback. He led Notre Dame to important victories over Army 26-0 and Iowa Preflight 14-13, clinching the national championship. In the school year of 1943-44, Lujack also lettered in basketball, baseball, and track. He was the first four-sport letterman at Notre Dame since 1912. After duty in the war, Lujack returned as Notre Dame quarterback in 1946-47. Notre Dame went 17-0-1 in that period and won two national championships. Lujack was unanimous All-America two years and won the Heisman in 1947. He also played defensive halfback. In 1946, he tackled Doc Blanchard, cutting off a sure Army touchdown, in a game that ended 0-0. His passing totals at Notre Dame 1946-47 included 14 touchdowns and 1569 yards. Lujack played for Chicago Bears 1948-51. Against the Chicago Cardinals in 1948, he threw six touchdown passes.
University of Notre Dame