CROWLEY, JIM

JIM CROWLEY  (Deceased)

Inducted:  January 16, 1975 in Richmond, IN

Date of Birth:  September 10, 1902 in Chicago, IL

High School Attended:  Green Bay East, WI   Graduated:  1921

High School Honors:  Played football for coach Curly Lambeau, a founder of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

College Attended:  Notre Dame University     Graduated:  1925

College Honors:  Member of famous “Four Horsemen” of Notre Dame (Crowley, Don Miller, Harry Stuhldreher, and Elmer Layden) made famous by Grantland Rice - "Outlined against the blue, gray October sky the four horsemen rode again;" All-American Halfback 1924; led by Four Horsemen, Notre Dame won National Championship versus Stanford in Rose Bowl; ND won 37 of 41 during 4 years of Four Horsemen.

Professional Athletic Background:  Played for Waterbury Blues , Green Bay Packers, and Providence Steam Roller in 1925 as a halfback.

Coaching Experience:  Backfield coach at University of Georgia 1926-1927; head football coach at Michigan State University 1928-1932, with a record of 22-8-3; head football coach at Fordham University 1933-1941, where he coached Vince Lombardi and had a record of 56-13-7; Chicago Rockets 1947; retired from coaching at end of 1947 season; head coaching record of 78-21-10 at college level.

Coaching Honors:  Fordham teams played in Sugar Bowl in 1940 (lost) and Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day 1941 (won); coached Fordham in first-ever televised football game in 1939.

Special Recognition:  Commander US Navy 1942-1945 in charge of welfare and recreation in South Pacific; after war, was Commissioner of All-American Football Conference; Chairman of Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission 1955-1963; selected by 400 sportswriters and sportscasters as Halfback on All-Time Notre Dame Football Team 1962; Industrial Commissioner for Scranton, PA, Chamber of Commerce 1963-1966 and Lackawanna County; inducted into National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame December 6, 1966, in New York.

Coach Crowley passed away January 15, 1986.