Notre Dame Back
Lattner scored 20 touchdowns and 120 points for the Irish. He gained 3,095 yards rushing, catching passes, returning punts and kickoffs and intercepting passes. Notre Dame lost only three times in three years. The 195-pound smack-over halfback turned in fine performances in showcase games against the top caliber teams of Oklahoma, Purdue, Southern Cal. and Iowa. Lattner won the Heisman in 1953 even though he didn't even lead the Irish in passing, rushing, receiving or scoring. If you wanted a runner, Lattner ran for 1724 yards in his career and 20 touchdowns averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He caught 39 passes for 613 yards averaging 15.7 yards per catch for his career. He also was a game-breaking kick returner. He returned 11 kicks for 366 yards and 2 TDs along with 27 punt returns for 307 yards. Lattner held the Notre Dame record for all-purpose yards until Vagas Ferguson broke it in 1979. As great an offensive weapons as Lattner was, he was also a solid defensive back picking off 13 passes for his career. He also punted. John went from Notre Dame to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he tore up his knee playing in a military game and never played in the NFL again. He then served for two years in the Air Force ('55-'57). Afterwards he took up coaching at St. Joseph High School and Denver University. In 1962, he opened a steak house in Chicago, which bore his name as well as a second restaurant, Marina City. His Heisman Trophy was always proudly on display at Lattner's Steak House. He is currently Vice-President of Sales for PAL Graphics, Inc. He has been active in fund raising for many charities and serves on the Physical Fitness Committee of the State of Illinois.
John was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1979.