No.5 George Connor
Connor was drafted fifth overall by the New York Giants in the 1946 draft. Prior to being drafted Connor won the first ever Outland Trophy as the nations best offensive lineman. He was also a key part of Notre Dame’s 1946 and 1947 National Championship teams. Connor also was a consensus All-American in both of those seasons.
The Giants ended up trading the rights to Connor to the Boston Yanks and then to the Chicago Bears. It was in Chicago where Connor ended up making a name for himself in the pros. Connor played for the Bears from 1948 to 1955. He was a four-time pro-bowler and a four-time All-Pro. Since he did play in a different era, Connor really played everywhere for the Bears. He saw time on the offensive and defensive line, but was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973 as a linebacker.
A knee injury in 1955 cut his career short. After this he spent time as an assistant coach and later as a broadcaster. When his football career was over he became a successful businessman in Chicago.
Connor arguably is one of the most successful and most accomplished players ever to come to Notre Dame. He is a member of both the NFL and College Football Hall of Fame.
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