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Tom Pagna

Once known as a battering-ram halfback at Miami of Ohio, Pagna twice won Little All-America and All-Ohio honors and earned All-Conference honors three times. He was the first player in the school's history to gain over 1000 yards in a single season. After a brief fling at pro ball with the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns, Pagna served two years as head coach at North High and then rejoined his coach and idol, Ara Parseghian, at Northwestern as freshman coach. In 1962 he became backfield coach of the Wildcats and then on to Notre Dame where he served as an assistant coach during the Parseghian era.

Inducted 1973 | Football