An All-American halfback at the University of Notre Dame in 1943, he was called “the best back I ever coached” by storied Head Coach Frank Leahy. Had punting average of 49.2 yards as a sophomore, rushed for 5.9-yard average as a junior. Was a No. One pro football draft choice, but passed up the game to attend law school at Yale University. Was seventh member of famed family to play for the Fighting Irish.