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Frank M. Stams

His accomplishments on the prep, college and professional athletic fields, stamps Frank Stams as one of the best athletes to come out of Summit County. He lettered in three-sports at St.Vincent-St. Mary High School, leading the Fighting Irish to state championships in both football and basketball. He also played center field for the Irish baseball team. But, he excelled at football! Playing both ways, the rugged 6'2", 220 pound Stams dominated the football field. Playing linebacker and tailback he led the Irish to an undefeated season and a state championship in his junior year. In his senior year, the Irish basketball team won a state crown with Stams at center. Although the football team failed to win another state title in his final year, Stams was named to the All-City; All-District; All-State and All-American teams. He then took his talents to Notre Dame where he focused on his favorite sport, playing under Gerry Faust for one season and Lou Holtz for three seasons. Stams played fullback during the 1985 and '86 seasons before breaking his leg during spring practice in 1987 that led to his move to linebacker and defensive end. In his final two years he blossomed at the defensive positions and in 1988, the Fighting Irish went 13-0, winning the national championship. In a key 31-30 victory over Miami, Stams earned the ABC-TV defensive player of the game. By having eight solo tackles and two quarterback sacks Stams repeated that honor when the Fighting Irish defeated West Virginia, 34-12, in the Fiesta Bowl. He went on to be named to the 1988 AP and UPI All-America teams as a linebacker. The Los Angeles Rams drafted him in the second round, where he played nearly 3-1/2 years at linebacker before being traded to the Cleveland Browns in 1992. After being released by the Browns in 1994, Stams went to the Carolina Panthers as a free agent, then to the Kansas City Chiefs before completing his pro career back with the Browns in 1995. He is currently an assistant football coach at his alma mater, St.Vincent-St. Mary.

Inducted 2002 | Football