EMIL "RED" SITKO (Deceased)
Inducted: April 29,1978 in Richmond, IN (Posthumously)
Date of Birth: September 7, 1923 in Fort Wayne, IN
High School Attended: Fort Wayne Central Graduated: 1942
High School Honors: Played varsity football, basketball, and track; recruited by Coach Frank Leahy to attend Notre Dame, but entered military service during WW II.
College Attended: University of Notre Dame Graduated: 1950
College Honors: Entered ND after military service at age 23 and led Irish in rushing four straight years 1946-1949; in that time, Irish did not lose a game; Sporting News and Football Writers Association All-America Teams 1948; won Tom Harmon's All-American Back Trophy; in 1949, named All-American by Chicago Tribune, The Sporting News, Spectator Club, and Extension Magazine; named Grantland Rice All-American; Touchdown Club All-American Outstanding Back; won Walter Camp Award as outstanding college player 1949; rushed 346 yards in 1946, 426 yards in 1947, 742 yards in 1948, and 712 yards in 1949; in four years, had 26 touchdowns and carried ball 363 times, gaining a total of 2,226 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry; Sports Editor of South Bend Tribune tabbed him with famous nickname "Six-Yard Sitko."
Professional Athletic Background: Was drafted in first round by Los Angeles Rams 1946, but did not turn pro until finished with college career; played for San Francisco 49ers 1950 and Chicago Cardinals 1951 and 1952, retiring from football after 1952 season.
Special Recognition: Inducted into National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, posthumously, in 1984.
Mr. Sitko passed away December 15, 1973.