Bryant Young is a defensive lineman from the suburbs of Chicago who starred at Notre Dame in the early 1990s, making him one of the most recent players on this list. He was a First Team All-American with the Fighting Irish in 1993 before an even more impressive NFL career.
Young was the 7th pick of the 1994 NFL Draft by way of the San Francisco 49ers and would spend his entire 14-year NFL career with that franchise. During that time, Young would become an anchor on that defensive line.
First and foremost, Young helped take the 49ers to victory in Super Bowl XXIX in his rookie season and would become a key part of their defense for years to come. He was First Team All-Pro in 1996 and was selected to four different Pro Bowls.
Young was named Comeback Player of the Year in 1999 and would remain a key part of the 49ers’ defense through 2007, though the franchise never experienced that postseason success again. Regardless, Young had 89.5 career sacks and plenty of game-changing plays during a legendary career in San Francisco.
Young is the most recent Notre Dame player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, getting the call last year in 2022. He secured his place in football history and was an important force during those fourteen seasons with the 49ers.