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Don "Midnight" Miller (March 29, 1902 – July 28, 1979) was an American football player and coach. He was one of the famous "Four Horsemen" of the University of Notre Dame's backfield in 1924, when the Fighting Irish won the 1924 National Title. Miller was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1970.

Don Miller
Don Miller (football player, 1902-1979).jpg
Biographical details
Born(1902-03-29)March 29, 1902
Defiance, Ohio
DiedJuly 28, 1979(1979-07-28) (aged 77)
Cleveland, Ohio
Playing career
1922–1924Notre Dame
Position(s)Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925–1928Georgia Tech (backfield)
1929–1932Ohio State (backfield)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
All-American, 1923
All-American, 1924
National Champion 1924
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1970 (profile)

Playing careerEdit

Miller's three brothers attended Notre Dame before him. The most famous of these being Harry "Red" Miller, captain of the 1908 squad. Notre Dame head coach Knute Rockne called Miller "the greatest open field runner I ever had."

In 2002, the NCAA published "NCAA Football's Finest," researched and compiled by the NCAA Statistics Service.[1] For Miller they published the following statistics:

Year Carries Rushing
Yards
Average Receptions Receiving
Yards
Average Touchdowns Points
1922 87 472 5.4 6 144 24.0 5 30
1923 89 698 7.8 9 149 16.6 10 60
1924 107 763 7.1 16 297 18.6 7 42
Total 283 1933 6.8 31 590 19.0 22 132

Coaching careerEdit

After his playing career, Miller coached at several colleges, including Georgia Tech. He became the head football coach of St. Xavier High School of Louisville, Kentucky in 1934.

Law careerEdit

Miller eventually quit coaching and practiced law, in which he was successful in the Cleveland area.[2] In 1925, he played professional football for the then-independent Hartford Blues.[3]

On February 5, 1957, Miller appeared on To Tell the Truth.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NCAA Football's Finest" (PDF). NCAA. 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Don Miller at the College Football Hall of Fame
  3. ^ Hogrogian, John (1982). "The Hartford Blues Part I" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 4 (8): 1–5. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2010.

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