Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Paddy "The Wasp" Driscoll

Paddy "The Wasp" Driscoll


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Northwestern
  • High School: Evanston, IL (Evanston Township HS)
  • Years: 1915-1916
  • Inducted: 1974
  • Place of Birth: Evanston, IL
  • Date of Birth: Jan 11, 1895
  • Place of Death: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Death: Jun 29, 1968
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 150

Member Biography

It was New Year's, 1919, and the annual Tournament of Roses theme was "Victorious Peace", capturing the mood of the nation at the end of World War I. A pair of powerful military teams from the Great Lakes Naval Station and Mare Island Marine Base were about to meet in the Rose Bowl. John "Paddy" Driscoll, a Great Lakes player with All-America credentials at Northwestern, was about to excite the crowd with an incredible performance. The darting little halfback, nicknamed "The Wasp", did it all for Great Lakes. He caught a touchdown pass, drop-kicked a 30-yard field goal and threw a TD strike to George Halas (later the founder of the Chicago Bears). The result - Great Lakes rolled to victory, 17-0. In 1916, Driscoll had starred for the Northwestern Wildcats, serving as captain and leading the team to a 6-1 record. Driscoll garnered his All-America acclaim that season and continued his performances during his military career.