|The Four Horsemen was also a name given to 4 players on the 1924 national champion Notre Dame college football (American football) team by famed sportswriter Grantland Rice.
Rice wrote after Notre Dame, coached by the legendary Knute Rockne, beat powerhouse Army 13-7 in New York City on October 18, 1924:
"Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore, they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden."
The four were quarterback Harry Stuhldreher, halfbacks Don Miller and Jim Crowley, and fullback Elmer Layden.
Several days later, a Notre Dame student publicity manager arranged for the four to have their picture taken on horseback.
On May 28, 1998, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp with the Four Horsemen photo, as part of their Celebrate the Century program.
Rice's use of "The Four Horsemen" helped to popularize Notre Dame and college football in general. It's also a frequently cited example of early sports journalism.