In 1922 legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne
put four sophomores in his backfield; quarterback
Harry Stuhldreher, left halfback
Jim Crowley, right halfback Don Miller and fullback
Elmer Layden. They are regarded by some as the greatest college football
backfield ever. They played 30 games together and lost to only Nebraska
In 1924 on their way to an undefeated season, a victory in the Rose Bowl, and a national championship, Notre Dame defeated Army 13-7. Sportswriter Grantland Rice penned the words that gave them their nickname:
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.
A quick-thinking Notre Dame
publicist had their pictures taken dressed in football garb
sitting astride four horses - and a legend was born.