Notre Dame football: Quenton Nelson is already an NFL all-time great

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 17: Quenton Nelson
SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 17: Quenton Nelson /

The Notre Dame football program has produced some elite offensive linemen, but Quenton Nelson has become an all-time great through only four seasons.

The Notre Dame football team has a reputation for producing some of the best offensive line talent the NFL has seen. In most seasons, you can count on at least one member of this program’s offensive line to be taken in the first or second round of the NFL Draft, a testament to just how good Notre Dame football is at developing talent up front along the offensive line.

Back in 2018, Quenton Nelson was selected at No. 6 overall by the Indianapolis Colts, widely considered the best offensive lineman in that draft class. Since then, he has dominated at the NFL level, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons, and will likely be named first-team All-Pro for a fourth straight time when all is said and done as well.

Notre Dame football star already an NFL great

Thanks to Nelson, the Colts have the most dominant run game in the NFL, as running back Johnathan Taylor, a former Wisconsin star, is in line to possibly win his first NFL Most Valuable Player award. Extremely durable, Nelson did miss a few games this season due to an ankle injury, but coming into this season, he had yet to miss a game in his entire NFL career.

In the history of the NFL, the most first-team All-Pro selections by any player are tied at ten by both Jim Otto and Jerry Rice. To already have three, and most likely a fourth this season, to his name shows what an incredible start to his NFL career Nelson is having.

It remains to be seen whether or not Nelson can continue at this pace, but based on how young he is, and how elite he is at his position, there is no reason to think this trend won’t continue.