Touchdown Jesus may refer to: The Word of Life or Touchdown Jesus , a mural visible from Notre Dame Stadium. King of Kings (statue) or Touchdown Jesus , a statue that was on the east side of Interstate 75 near Monroe, Ohio.
With Jesus depicted in a famous mural as “the Word of Life,” facing Notre Dame Stadium as the great teacher, the 14 stories of the Hesburgh Library make an impact on football fans and on scholars from around the world. The image, best known as “ Touchdown Jesus ,” can be seen over the north end zone.
During a storm on June 14, 2010, the giant “King of Kings” styrofoam and fiberglass Jesus statue was struck by lightning and burst into flames. The statue was destroyed (a less athletic replacement is under construction).
American artist Millard Sheets was commissioned to create a work large enough to cover the entire side of the library facing Notre Dame’s football stadium. Fr. Theodore Hesburgh suggested that the theme should be saints and scholars through the ages. The artwork cost $200,000 and was donated by Mr.
The term touchdown is a holdover from gridiron’s early days when the ball was required to be touched to the ground as in rugby, as rugby and gridiron were still extremely similar sports at this point. This rule was changed to the modern-day iteration in 1889.
Its south side features “ The Word of Life” mural , better known as “Touchdown Jesus.” Jesus faces the north end zone of Notre Dame Stadium and, with arms raised, appears to be signifying touchdown.
The giant 62′ tall, iconic “King of Kings” Jesus statue known as “ Big Butter Jesus ” and “Touchdown Jesus ” located at Solid Rock Church near Monroe, Ohio just north of Cincinnati on I-75, was stuck by lightning and destroyed during a thunderstorm on Monday night.
General Tour The Eck Visitors Center’s free public tour offers a historical and social overview of life at Notre Dame . Most tours will include visits to the Grotto, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Main Building (the Golden Dome), and the Hesburgh Library (“Touchdown Jesus”).
From The Vault: ‘Touchdown Jesus’ goes up in flames after lightning strike in 2010. King of Kings statue at Solid Rock Church – commonly called “Touchdown Jesus” – burns after being struck by lightning on June 14, 2010 .