Oklahoma athletes and former athletes with ties to Notre Dame

With the Notre Dame football team coming to Norman to face Oklahoma on Saturday, we take a look at some Oklahoma standouts with connections to Notre Dame.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 24, 2012

RYAN HUMPHREY

Oklahoma connection: Humphrey was a high school All-American at Tulsa Washington, leading a team that included future NFL player R.W. McQuarters and another future NBA player in Etan Thomas. Unlike the other players on this list, Humphrey spent time at both schools, averaging 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore for OU in 1998-99 before deciding to transfer after helping the Sooners to the Sweet 16 in 1999. Humphrey left OU as the Sooners' third-leading shot blocker in history behind only Stacey King and Wayman Tisdale.

Notre Dame: Humphrey had an immediate impact at Notre Dame, helping the Irish to the NCAA Tournament in each of his two years. As a senior, Humphrey averaged 18.9 points and 10.9 rebounds as Notre Dame reached the Sweet 16. Humphrey was a first-round pick of the Jazz in 2002.

Notable: Humphrey spent parts of four seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Grizzlies. He hasn't been in the NBA since 2005 but has since spent time playing in the NBA Development League and overseas in Cyprus and Spain.

ROB MARTINOVICH

Oklahoma connection: Martinovich was a standout at Bartlesville before beginning his college football career.

Notre Dame: After playing defense his first year on defense, Martinovich moved to the offense line and blossomed, blocking for Joe Montana. After his college career ended, Martinovich was picked in the 10th round by the Chiefs in the 1980 NFL Draft.

Notable: After graduating from Notre Dame, Martinovich went on to graduate from Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. In 2007, after working for DCP Midstream since 2000, Martinovich joined ONEOK. He is currently the Tulsa company's executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners as well as a member of ONEOK Partners' Board of Directors.

GEORGE WEST

Oklahoma connection: West was a standout on both sides, as well as special teams, at Northeast, earning Little All-City honors at wide receiver in 2005 after recording 28 catches for 469 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 38 tackles and four interceptions as a senior.

Notre Dame: West's best season at Notre Dame came as a sophomore in 2007, when he started seven games and played in 12, with 21 catches for 172 yards.

Notable: Since graduating from Notre Dame in 2009, West has remained in the South Bend area. West was the second player from Spencer to play for the Irish. Linebacker Justin Thomas played for Notre Dame from 1999-2002 after registering 144 tackles as a senior at Star Spencer and earning The Oklahoman's All-State defensive player of the year honors.

JERRY WISNE

Oklahoma connection: Wisne was a standout at Jenks, playing on both the defensive and offensive lines and being used at tight end. He logged 260 career tackles for the Trojans, including 25 sacks. He was named first-team All-State at defensive line by The Oklahoman in 1994 and earned Parade All-American honors.

Notre Dame: There wasn't much doubt where Wisne would wind up if the Irish pursued. Wisne's father, Gerry, was an offensive lineman on Notre Dame's 1966 national title team. Jerry was a two-year starter at Notre Dame after moving from the defensive to the offensive line not long after arriving in South Bend.

Notable: Jerry's brother, Andy, was also a standout at Jenks who went on to play at Notre Dame. Andy was a reserve defensive lineman for four years, including Notre Dame's 9-3 season in 2000.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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