Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Edgar "Rip" Miller

Edgar "Rip" Miller

Details

  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Notre Dame
  • High School: Canton, OH (McKinley HS)
  • Years: 1922-1924
  • Inducted: 1966
  • Place of Birth: Canton, OH
  • Date of Birth: Jun 01, 1901
  • Place of Death: Annapolis, MD
  • Date of Death: Jan 01, 1991
  • Jersey Number: 64
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 180

Member Biography

The 1924 season had ended for Notre Dame, a glorious ten- game campaign unblemished by defeat and crowned with a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford. Back home, the team gathered to determine who was responsible for the smashing success - the Four Horsemen or the Seven Mules on the line. A vote was taken: the Mules 7, Horsemen 4. Rip Miller's vote went with the Mules, of course, because he was the hard- nosed mixer, an aggressive tackle with incredible quickness. Miller hailed from Canton, Ohio, where he helped McKinley High School to three straight unbeaten seasons. "There were two kinds of people in Canton then," he would chuckle, "the quick and the dead. The quick played football." Miller was as quick with his brains as he was with his feet. He was presented Notre Dame's top scholar-athlete award. Following his playing career, Miller served as line coach at Indiana and Navy. In 1931, Miller was named head coach at Navy and guided the Midshipmen in their first victory ever over the Irish - a 7-0 triumph in 1933. The following season, Miller relinquished the head coaching duties to Tom Hamilton, preferring to stay on as Navy's line coach. In 1948, Miller was named assistant director of athletics, a position he held until he retired July 1, 1974, ending 48 years' service at the Naval Academy.