Born on January 4, 1925
June 17, 2022
South Bend, Indiana
University of Notre Dame
Connellsville High School
John Lujack replaced Angelo Bertelli when he was called to active duty in WWII. John led ND to important victories over Army 26-0 and Iowa Preflight 14-13, clinching the National Championship. He also lettered in basketball, baseball and track. He was the first 4 sport letterman at ND since 1912. After active duty, he returned to ND as their qb in 46-47. Notre Dame went 17-0-1 in that period and won 2 National Championships.
Lujack was unanimous All-American two years and won the Heisman in 1947. He also played defensive back. In 1946, he tackled Doc Blanchard, cutting off a sure Army touchdown, in a game that ended 0-0. His passing stats at Notre Dame included 14 touchdowns and 1,569 total yards.
Lujack played for the Chicago Bears from 1948-51. Against the Chicago Cardinals in 1948, he threw 6 touchdown passes.