The Perfect Storm

Notre Dame's 1988 undefeated (12-0) national championship team certainly was one for the ages.


Jesse Harper: The Game Changer

Former coach and athletics director set the path for Notre Dame's football excellence 100 years ago

Consensus All-American in '88 . . . former Irish fullback developed into all-star defensive end on 1988 national championship team . . . started all 11 games at fullback as sophomore in '85, then switched to defense when Lou Holtz became head coach . . . named Lineman of the Year by the Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as senior in '88 . . . named MVP of '88 Miami game after forcing two fumbles and recovering another . . . named 1989 Fiesta Bowl defensive MVP for his two sacks and three tackles vs. West Virginia . . . in his career had 47 rushing carries for 172 yards and 3 touchdowns; 14 receptions for 100 yards and a 7.1 average; 65 tackles and eight sacks for minus-63 yards . . . second-round choice of Los Angeles Rams in '89 NFL draft . . . played for three years with Rams before moving on to Cleveland, to the Carolina Panthers and then back to Cleveland.

Frank Stams
Frank  Stams

Akron, OH

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 237

Defensive End

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