Johnny Lujack was born in Connellsville in Western Pennsylvania. He attended Connellsville High School and played baseball, basketball and football. He was also on the track team. Lujack went to Notre Dame, but his playing days were interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He played for the Fighting Irish from 1942-1943 and 1946-1947. In his senior year at Notre Dame he led the Fighting Irish to an undefeated season and won the Heisman Trophy. He led Notre Dame to national championships in 1943, 1946, and 1947.
Lujack’s fabulous Notre Dame career was followed with a brief, but exceptional pro career. He joined the Bears in 1948 while Sid Luckman was still the quarterback for the Bears. Coach George Halas had Lujack play defensive back that first year.
In 1949, Lujack put together a season with the most passes, the most completions, the most yards and the most touchdowns in the NFL. Lujack was also an excellent rusher. Lujack played for the Bears from 1948-1951. He retired due an injury to his throwing arm. Lujack attempted 404 passes and completed 808 for 6,295 yards and 41,touchdowns. He rushed 133 time for 742 yards and 21 touchdowns. Lujack was named a Top 100 Bears of All Time.
Lujack was considered a media sensation and starred in a radio program called The Adventures of Johnny Lujack in 1949. Lujack presented color commentary for NFL games and college games after his playing days.