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 to the Cotton Bowl where they would endure a 35-10 loss to 13th-ranked Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Despite the loss the team showed dramatic improvement and would finish the year ranked #17 the team's first Top 25 finish since 1980. Then in 1988 Notre Dame claimed their first National Championship in 11 years. For the season the team would go a perfect 12-0 enroute to claiming the school's record eighth National Championship since the AP poll began in 1936. Tony Rice has hand signed Notre Dame Play Like A Champion mini helmet. A Steiner Sports Certificate of Authenticity is included.