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Rusty Lisch
Date of birth: December 21, 1956 (1956-12-21) (age 53)
Place of birth: Belleville, Illinois
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
Jersey №: 6
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 4 / Pick 89
 As player:
St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Bears
Playing stats at

Russell John Lisch (born December 21, 1956 in Belleville, Illinois) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played five seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (1980-1983) and the Chicago Bears (1984).

At the University of Notre Dame, Lisch was part of Dan Devine's first recruiting class in 1975. He made his first start in place of injured Rick Slager in 1976, achieving a 40-27 victory against Miami. He would go on to start the first three games of 1977 but then would yield the starting job to Joe Montana. Lisch would finally be named the permanent starting QB as a fifth-year senior in 1979, winning seven of ten starts, highlighted by his 336-yard passing effort as the Irish rallied from a 17-3 deficit against South Carolina for an 18-17 victory.

Preceded by
Joe Montana
Notre Dame starting quarterbacks
1977, 1979
Succeeded by
Mike Courey


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