F. L. “MIKE” LAYDEN (Deceased)
Inducted: April 30, 1977 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: August 25, 1913 in Davenport, IA
High School Attended: Davenport Graduated: 1931
High School Honors: Named to All-State football team as a halfback and captain 1930 and to All-State basketball team as a center 1930 and 1931; team won state football championship 1930; set Iowa high and low hurdle records.
College Attended: University of Notre Dame Graduated: 1936
College Honors: 3-year Monogram winner in football and 2 in track; Honorable Mention All-American 1935; played in Chicago Tribune All-Star Game 1936; received Byron V. Konaley Award for Scholarship and Leadership as an athlete 1936; played halfback for his coach and brother, Elmer Layden (Four Horsemen fame), who was 10 years older; tied indoor and outdoor high hurdle school records.
Officiating Experience: Football official in Indiana for high school, college, and Big Ten Conference 1936-1976, mostly as a referee; at time of his retirement from officiating, had more active years of officiating than any other official.
Officiating Honors: Officiated Rose Bowl game January 1, 1956; Official of the Year 1956 by the Rockne Club; officiated in Refrigerator Bowl in December 1954; was considered "Dean" of Big Ten officials.
Special Recognition: Was general public relations supervisor for Indiana Bell Telephone for many years; served as ABC's network sideline liaison for 10 years; was active in many community organizations and service clubs in Evansville, Kokomo, and Indianapolis.
Family: First wife, Jane (deceased); second wife, Mary Ellen (deceased); children, Susan (deceased), Peter, and Sara; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Layden passed away November 16, 2007.