JIM CROWLEY (Deceased)
Inducted: January 16, 1975 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth: September 10, 1902 in Chicago, IL
High School Attended: Green Bay East, WI Graduated: 1921
High School Honors: Played football for coach Curly Lambeau, a founder of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
College Attended: Notre Dame University Graduated: 1925
College Honors: Member of famous “Four Horsemen” of Notre Dame (Crowley, Don Miller, Harry Stuhldreher, and Elmer Layden) made famous by Grantland Rice - "Outlined against the blue, gray October sky the four horsemen rode again;" All-American Halfback 1924; led by Four Horsemen, Notre Dame won National Championship versus Stanford in Rose Bowl; ND won 37 of 41 during 4 years of Four Horsemen.
Professional Athletic Background: Played for Waterbury Blues , Green Bay Packers, and Providence Steam Roller in 1925 as a halfback.
Coaching Experience: Backfield coach at University of Georgia 1926-1927; head football coach at Michigan State University 1928-1932, with a record of 22-8-3; head football coach at Fordham University 1933-1941, where he coached Vince Lombardi and had a record of 56-13-7; Chicago Rockets 1947; retired from coaching at end of 1947 season; head coaching record of 78-21-10 at college level.
Coaching Honors: Fordham teams played in Sugar Bowl in 1940 (lost) and Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day 1941 (won); coached Fordham in first-ever televised football game in 1939.
Special Recognition: Commander US Navy 1942-1945 in charge of welfare and recreation in South Pacific; after war, was Commissioner of All-American Football Conference; Chairman of Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission 1955-1963; selected by 400 sportswriters and sportscasters as Halfback on All-Time Notre Dame Football Team 1962; Industrial Commissioner for Scranton, PA, Chamber of Commerce 1963-1966 and Lackawanna County; inducted into National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame December 6, 1966, in New York.
Coach Crowley passed away January 15, 1986.