Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bill "Moose" Fischer

Bill "Moose" Fischer


  • Position: Tackle/Guard
  • School: Notre Dame
  • High School: Chicago, IL (Lane Technical HS)
  • Years: 1945-1948
  • Inducted: 1983
  • Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth: Mar 10, 1927
  • Place of Death: Cape Coral, FL
  • Date of Death: Jan 20, 2017
  • Jersey Number: 72
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 230

Member Biography

Born William Anton Fischer, he attended Lane Tech High School in Illinois, before going to Notre Dame. He earned a letter as a reserve lineman and did kickoffs in his freshman year with the Fighting Irish in 1945 before becoming the starting left guard the next three seasons under Hall of Fame coach Frank Leahy.

Fischer led Notre Dame to back-to-back national championships in 1946 and 1947, received All-America honors in 1947 and 1948 and was just the third-ever recipient of the Outland Trophy in 1948 as the nation's best interior lineman.

He was captain of the 1948 Notre Dame team, captain of the East team in the East-West Shrine Game and named Most Valuable Player for his team in the 1949 College All-Star Game.

For five seasons from 1949-53, he played at tackle, guard and defensive tackle in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals. The tenth overall pick in the 1949 NFL Draft was selected to three Pro Bowls.

After retiring as a player, he served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame from 1954-58.

Fischer passed away Jan. 20 in Cape Coral, Fla. Born March 10, 1927, in Chicago, he was 89. He was the eighth-oldest living member of the College Football Hall of Fame prior to his death.