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Bob Crable Set for Sept. 2 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Notre Dame and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Crable, a 2017 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Fighting Irish host Temple.
Published: 8/31/2017 11:00:00 AM
IRVING, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) – The University of Notre Dame and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Bob Crable with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments. The Salute will take place this Saturday, Sept. 2, during the Fighting Irish’s home game against Temple. Coverage of the game will start at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

“I'm absolutely humbled and honored to be involved in this thing,” Crable said in a Notre Dame press release after the announcement in January. “I look at some of these names and think, ‘What am I doing in this class?’”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

“Bob Crable was an absolute force on defense,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “To hold tackling records at a storied football program like Notre Dame while twice being named a First Team All-American is truly outstanding. We are thrilled to honor him in front of the Irish faithful at Notre Dame Stadium.”

A consensus First Team All-American as a senior, Crable holds Notre Dame’s career (521), single-season (187) and single-game (26) tackling records. A Third Team All-American in 1979, his 26 tackles against Clemson that season are tied for the most ever in an FBS game. In the 1979 Cotton Bowl following his freshman season, he recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown and a comeback victory over Houston in the famous “Chicken Soup” game.

The two-time team captain and team MVP for Hall of Fame coach Dan Devine also led the Irish to a berth in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. A 1982 Hula Bowl participant, Crable led the team in tackles three seasons and posted four games with 20 or more tackles as a sophomore. In 2006, he received the Butkus Silver Anniversary Award.

The 23rd overall pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, Crable played seven seasons for the New York Jets. While with the Jets, he went into his first business venture, a high-end sportswear company known as Crable Sportswear, which he later sold. After his professional football career, he returned to his high school alma mater, Moeller High School in Cincinnati, where he coached football and taught religion for 16 years. Crable would serve as the school’s head football coach from 2001-07.

In 2007, Crable started the Crable Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships to student-athletes looking to attend Catholic high schools. He has founded several other companies, including Crable Investments and Hilltop Management Company, and he is currently a licensed real estate agent with Capital Real Estate Partners. An active volunteer for the Notre Dame Monogram Club, Crable is a member of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Hall of Fame.

Crable becomes the 46th Fighting Irish player to be inducted, joining Hunk Anderson (1918-21), Angelo Bertelli (1941-43), Tim Brown (1984-87), Ross Browner (1973, 1975-77), Jack Cannon (1927-29), Frank Carideo (1928-30), Dave Casper (1971-73), George Connor (1946-47), Jim Crowley (1922-24), Ziggy Czarobski (1942-43, 1946-47), Bob Dove (1940-42), Ray Eichenlaub (1911-14), Bill Fischer (1945-48), Thom Gatewood (1969-71), George Gipp (1917-20), Jerry Groom (1948-50), Ralph Guglielmi (1951-54), Leon Hart (1946-49), Frank Hoffmann (1930-31), Paul Hornung (1954-56), John Huarte (1962-64), Johnny Lattner (1951-53), Elmer Layden (1922-24), Johnny Lujack (1943, 1946-47), Jim Lynch (1964-66), Ken MacAfee (1974-77), Jim Martin (1946-49), Bert Metzger (1928-30), Creighton Miller (1941-43), Don Miller (1922-24), Edgar "Rip" Miller (1922-24), Fred Miller (1926-28), Wayne Millner (1933-35), Alan Page (1964-66), Louis Salmon (1900-03), Marchy Schwartz (1929-31), William Shakespeare (1933-35), Red Sitko (1946-49), John "Clipper" Smith (1925-27), Harry Stuhldreher (1922-24), Joe Theismann (1968-70), Adam Walsh (1922-24), Bobby Williams (1948-50), Tommy Yarr (1929-31) and Chris Zorich (1987-90).

Six former Notre Dame coaches are also in the Hall: Dan Devine (1975-80), Jesse Harper (1913-17), Lou Holtz (1986-96), Frank Leahy (1941-43, 1946-53), Ara Parseghian (1964-74) and Knute Rockne (1918-30).

Including the 2017 class, only 987 players and 214 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.26 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 148 years. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Matt Leinart (Southern California), Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Bob McKay (Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), Mike Ruth (Boston College), Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) and coaches Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas), Larry Kehres (Mount Union [Ohio]) and Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina). For more information on the Dinner, please contact Will Rudd at or by calling 972.556.1000.

The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018, and they will take part in a series of events at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta where their accomplishments will be forever immortalized.

Remaining Scheduled 2017 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes'
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)






Sept. 2

Bob Crable

Notre Dame (1978-81)


Sept. 9

Adrian Peterson

Georgia Southern (1998-2001)

New Hampshire

Sept. 9

Coach Steve Spurrier

Florida (1990-2001)

Northern Colorado

Sept. 16

Matt Leinart

Southern California (2003-05)


Sept. 23

Kirk Gibson

Michigan State (1975-78)

Notre Dame

Sept. 30

Peyton Manning

Tennessee (1994-97)


Oct. 7

Bob McKay

Texas (1968-69)

Kansas State

Oct. 14

Marshall Faulk

San Diego State (1991-93)

Boise State

Oct. 21

Coach Steve Spurrier

Duke (1987-89)


Oct. 27

Mike Ruth

Boston College (1982-85)

Florida State

Oct. 28

Coach Danny Ford

Clemson (1978-89)

Georgia Tech

Nov. 4

Dat Nguyen

Texas A&M (1995-98)


On-Campus Salutes for Coach Danny Ford at Arkansas, Coach Steve Spurrier at South Carolina and Brian Urlacher at New Mexico are yet to be scheduled.

The 2017 season marks the eighth season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of The William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 28th time in 2017.

Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognize the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.

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