Who is your favorite team in all sports and in what year did you become a fan? Perhaps there was a year your fandom became an obsession?
Such was the case for me in the early ’90s with football Notre Dame as I know I’ve been a fan for a long time I remember but my first memories of watching the Irish came in the 1992 season which saw the 10-1 conclusion of #1 leading my first favorite group in Rick MererAnd the Jerome PettisAnd the Reggie BrooksAnd the Bryant YoungAnd the Jim Flaniganand a lot of others.
A year later, we learned what happened when the Irishman, led by quarterback Kevin McDougall, beat No. 3 Michigan and No. 1 over Florida State at the start of the year 10-0 before being upset at the regular season finale by Boston College. I don’t care what the final polls say, I watched the 1993 “Game of the Century” against Florida State and although it came to the last play, anyone who watched that game saw Notre Dame beat the light of day outside Florida. afternoon. Seriously, if all of America Jeff Boris He converted one of his many passes he defended in that match into an interception, and then the Irishman won by two or more points.
Instead, Bobby Bowden received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Associated Press and his fellow coaches.
Notre Dame was the best team in the country in 1993 and I would never come down that hill no matter how hard the Florida State fans tried.
Even with heartbreak from the 1993 Boston College game, I can’t help but be grateful to join football at Notre Dame when I did because if I were only a couple years younger, I don’t know if things would have improved. The same.
During those two years, Notre Dame went 21-2-1, won a pair of Cotton Bowls over Texas A&M, and the last two years of Fighting Irish was the “thing” in college football under Lou Holtz Because things were not what they were in South Bend after ’93.
With 93/92 days until the season kicks off this fall (Thursday and Friday), here’s a look back at some photos from the 1992 and 1993 seasons I will always remember from my youth.
Celebrating Notre Dame
Notre Dame Reggie Brooks (40) is congratulated by his teammates, Dean Little (7), and shout-out leaders…
Notre Dame Reggie Brooks (40) is congratulated by his teammates, Dean Little (7), and the leaders shout out after scoring 55 yards in the second quarter against Southern in Los Angeles, Saturday, November 28, 1992. Through the USC defense, he scored three TDs He lifted 227 yards as Dame defeated No. 19 USC, 31-23. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Notre Dame vs Penn State 1993
Reggie Brooks of Notre Dame (40) is congratulated by teammate Derek Mays (1) and one follows…
Notre Dame’s Reggie Brooks (40) was congratulated by teammate Derek Mays (1) and one after Brooks converted two points to take the Irish on the Nittany Lions of Penn State in South Bend, Indiana, Saturday, November 14, 1992. The end result was Notre Dame 17, Penn State 16. (AP Photo/Dave Durochik)
Charlie Ward, Bryant Young
FILE – On November 13, 1993, file photo, Notre Dame dealing with Bryant Young, right, pulling…
FILE – In November 13, 1993 file photo, Notre Dame tackles Bryant Young, right, pulls Florida quarterback Charlie Ward for a 13-yard loss during the second quarter in South Bend, Indiana. Open to debate whether college football had a better afternoon than on November 13, 1993, when Florida’s No. 1 state visited Notre Dame No. 2. (AP Photo/Mark Elias)
FILE – On November 13, 1993, file photo, Michael Miller of Notre Dame, left, and Charles …
FILE – In this November 13, 1993 file photo, Michael Miller of Notre Dame, left, and Charles Stafford celebrate their team’s victory at Florida State 31-24 in South Bend, Indiana. Football had a better afternoon than it did on November 13, 1993, when Florida State No. 2 visited Notre Dame. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)
Charlie Ward and Jim Flanigan
FILE – In this November 13, 1993 file photo, Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward searches for a…
FILE – On November 13, 1993 file photo, Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward looks for a future as Notre Dame tackles Jim Flanigan (44) on Ward during the first quarter, November 13, 1993 in South Bend, Indiana. Two decades later, the debate is still open about whether college football has a better afternoon than on November 13, 1993, when Florida’s No. 1 state visited Notre Dame No. 2. (AP Photo/John Swart, File)
football century game
FILE – In this file photo on November 13, 1993, Notre Dame fans celebrate after the victory of …
FILE – In this file photo on November 13, 1993, Notre Dame fans celebrate after their victory over Florida State in South Bend, Indiana. , 1993, when Florida No. 1 visited Notre Dame No. 2. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)