The 1903 ND Football Team was unique in our history...
The 8-0-1 Irish did not give up a single point all season. Notre Dame defeated four medical colleges during the season. The only blemish on their record was a 0-0 tie with Northwestern (10-1-3), who won the Western Conference (today’s Big Ten). The Irish were led by fullback Louis “Red” Salmon, one of our all-time greats. He was our first All-American, earning third- team honors. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Below, I have included an excerpt from a poem, written by a student writer in the Scholastic that year, which Brian Kelly might want to refer to, regarding whether his team should salute the students after a loss!
And in the game of life, we'll play
Straight football, thro' and thro'.
And centre, guard or quarterback,
Our best we'll always do.
There'll be no fumbling in our lines.
We'll play the best we can,
And if we lose a chance to score,
We'll take it like a man.
And when life's sky looks sort o' dark.
And no sun's shining thro',
We'll think of dear old Notre Dame,
Where shines the Gold and Blue.