Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Adam "Ad" Walsh

Adam "Ad" Walsh


  • Position: Center
  • School: Notre Dame
  • High School: Hollywood, CA (Hollywood HS)
  • Years: 1922-1924
  • Inducted: 1968
  • Place of Birth: Churchville, IA
  • Date of Birth: Dec 04, 1901
  • Place of Death: Westwood, CA
  • Date of Death: Jan 13, 1985
  • Jersey Number: 4
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

Adam Walsh was the captain of the most glamorous football force in gridiron history - the 1924 Notre Dame team which spotlighted the Four Horsemen backfield and Seven Mules line. Walsh, a 6-0, 190-pound center, was the inspirational core of that unbeaten band of national champions. And he took his captain's role as seriously as any man who ever played the game, chiding his mates after one play, heartily praising them after the next. Walsh was a master psychologist. During the 1924 game with Army, Cadet superstar "Lighthorse Harry" Wilson was giving the Irish defense fits until Walsh began a seemingly endless banter with the unstoppable Wilson. Suddenly, Harry seemed more concerned with Walsh's talk than with gaining yardage and Notre Dame rallied to win, 13- 7. Adam made a meticulous study of each of the famed Four Horsemen, familiarizing himself with each man's peculiarities as a ball carrier. He knew exactly how each of the great backs wanted the snap-back - high or low, hard or soft. Walsh coached Bowdoin College 1935-42 with a 34-15-6 record. He coached the Cleveland Rams in 1945, and they won the National Football League. They became the Los Angeles Rams in 1946 and were second in their division. For his two years as pro coach, Walsh had a 16-5-1 record.
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