The Japan Bowl

In July 2009, former Fighting Irish head coach Lou Holtz led Notre Dame onto the field for one last game, coaching a team of past Irish players in the Notre Dame Japan Bowl at the Tokyo Dome. Led by MVP Jay Vickers (‘00), the Fighting Irish Legends won, 19-3 in the game celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Japan American Football Association (JAFA). In this ’Strong and True’ moment, relive the historic exhibition game in a segment from the Inside The Legends DVD. The accompanying photos are courtesy of Lighthouse Imaging.

Japan Bowl practice

57 former Fighting Irish players took part in the Notre Dame Japan Bowl, with ages ranging from 23 to 52.

Holtz victory march

Holtz leads the Irish in the Notre Dame Victory March following the 19-3 win.

Holtz & Rice

A flashback to Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship season – Lou Holtz and quarterback Tony Rice talking on the sidelines.

Wooden & Holtz

Former Irish cornerback Ambrose Wooden played quarterback after Rice went down with an injury.