The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a very interesting history. They are one of the most well-known programs in college football history. They get themselves into trouble from time to time because of the fact that they aren’t in a conference but they play good football. They have done a lot of winning over the last ten years.
They have had a good coaching staff and athletic director which led to a lot of that winning but having good quarterbacks has also helped a lot. They never had a Joe Burrow or Trevor Lawrence level player but that hasn’t been needed. All they needed was a good college quarterback to get the job done, not a future NFL superstar.
However, you would figure that at least one of their quarterbacks would go on to have a successful NFL career. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. In fact, there is one stat that is absolutely crazy when it comes to Notre Dame quarterbacks and the NFL.
Notre Dame quarterbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Info, have now lost 24 straight games in the NFL. This is a topic of conversation because Ian Book made his NFL debut for the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football and was destroyed by the Miami Dolphins. They also noted that it is the longest losing streak by starting quarterbacks from a particular college since 1950.
Notre Dame hasn’t produced a good NFL quarterback in a very long time.
Four of them came from Brady Quinn, 15 came from DeShone Kizer, four came from Jimmy Clausen, and then the one from Ian Book. None of those guys ever starred in the NFL or were even starters for a long time. The most notable is Brady Quinn who has four wins in the NFL which is not good at all.
Ian Book is not going to be a difference-maker in the NFL but he certainly did a whole lot of winning at Notre Dame. That is all that truly matters, in the end, is winning. Notre Dame knows it hasn’t had a potential NFL star in a long time so this stat isn’t really all that surprising. Hopefully, they are able to continue winning as a program as they did in 2021 following Book’s departure after 2020.
If Notre Dame did ever have an elite college quarterback prospect, they would be serious contenders for a national title. Making the College Football Playoff a bunch was fun but now it is time for them to take that next step as a program and a quarterback could be the key.