Tony Rice entered Notre Dame in 1986 and was the crown jewel in Lou Holtz's first recruiting class. In 1987 Tony Rice became the starting quarterback for Notre Dame. The Irish would finish the season 8-4 and earn a berth in the Cotton Bowl where they would endure a 35-10 loss to 13th-ranked Texas A&M. Despite the loss the team showed dramatic improvement and would finish the year ranked 17 the team's first Top 25 finish since 1980. In 1988 Notre Dame claimed their first National Championship in 11 years. For the season the team would go a perfect 12-0 en route to claiming the school record eighth National Championship since the AP poll began in 1936. Quarterback Tony Rice has hand signed this great 16x20 photograph. A Steiner Sports Certificate of Authenticity is included.