Irish football great Ted Burgmeier dies of heart and lung failure

One of the most versatile athletes and big game performers to ever put on a Notre Dame football uniform passed away Sunday.

Ted Burgmeier died of heart and lung failure after a long battle with cancer, according to Blue and Gold Illustrated.

Burgmeier played for Notre Dame from 1974 to 1977. He was a great all around athlete who played wide receiver, cornerback and special teams for the Irish.

The best game of his career came during his senior season of 1977 in the famous green jersey game versus USC.

As the team's holder on field goal and extra points, Burgmeier terrorized the Trojans with a fake field goal---rushing for a first down. Later he made the most of a botched extra point to turn it somehow into a 2 point conversion with a pass into the end zone. Burgmeier also took away a touchdown with a big interception.

The 11th ranked Irish crushed #5 USC 49-19 on their way to a national championship that season.

Burgmeier was 57.

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