Andy Puplis

Andrew Joseph Puplis (February 1, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois – January 25, 1990) was an American football player and coach.

As a quarterback at Harrison Tech High School, Puplis twice received all-state honors, and won a Chicago city championship, compiling a 12-0 record in 1931.[1] At Notre Dame, he joined the football team as both a kicker and a kick and punt returner. In 1936, he became the starting quarterback but still led the team in kickoff returns with 5 for 136 yards. In his senior year in 1937, he earned All-American honors as he led the Irish in scoring and averaged 12.4 yards per play.[2] In 1938, Puplis was the starting quarterback for the College All Stars team that defeated the Washington Redskins, 28-16. He had also received monograms for playing on the baseball team, and received an offer from the Cleveland Indians.

After college, Puplis was hired as the head football coach at Crystal Lake High School before moving on to Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois in 1940, where he would remain until his retirement in 1972, except for a hiatus in the Navy during World War II,[3] and one year as a defensive back for the Chicago Cardinals in 1943.[4] (4) During his tenure at Proviso East he would coach eventual NFL stars such as Ray Nitschke and Ed O'Bradovich as well as Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson,[5] and would compile a record of 128-84-12, including three undefeated seasons[6] and six West Suburban Conference titles.

In 1981, Puplis was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association.[7]

Andy Puplis
No. 1
Born:February 1, 1915
Chicago, Illinois
Died:January 25, 1990
Career information
Position(s)Quarterback, Defensive Back
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight180 lb (82 kg)
CollegeNotre Dame
Career history
As player
1943Chicago Cardinals
Career stats


  1. ^ "Illinois H.S.toric". Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  2. ^ Marder, Spellen & Donovan. The Notre Dame Football Encyclopedia. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (2001), p.168-169.
  3. ^ "Football and America: WW II Honor Roll". Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  4. ^ "Andy Puplis: Career Stats". Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  5. ^ Akouris, Tina (2007-11-07). "Proviso East". Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  6. ^ "IHSA Season Summaries". Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  7. ^ "IHSFCA Hall of Fame Selections". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
1937 College Football All-America Team

The 1937 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1937. The ten selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1937 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the United Press (UP), (4) the All-America Board (AAB), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) Newsweek, (9) the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), and (10) the Sporting News (SN).

List of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterbacks

The following individuals have started games at quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team, updated through the 2018 season.

The year of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, if applicable, is designated alongside the respective player's final season.

List of University of Notre Dame athletes

This list of University of Notre Dame athletes includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Notre Dame who are notable for their achievements within athletics, sometimes before or after their time at Notre Dame. Other alumni can be found in the list of University of Notre Dame alumni.

Although Notre Dame is highly ranked academically, it has also been called a "jock school" as it has produced a large number of athletes. Intercollegiate sports teams at Notre Dame are called the "Fighting Irish". Notre Dame offers 13 varsity sports for both men and women: Men's American Football, Men's Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Fencing, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Women's Rowing, Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Softball, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Track and Field, and Women's Volleyball. Approximately 400 students have gone on to play professional American football in the National Football League, the American Football League, or the All-America Football Conference, with many others going to play other sports professionally. Some athletes have also participated in the Olympic Games.

Ray Nitschke

Raymond Ernest Nitschke (December 29, 1936 – March 8, 1998) was a professional American football middle linebacker who spent his entire 15-year National Football League (NFL) career with the Green Bay Packers. Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, he was the anchor of the defense for head coach Vince Lombardi in the 1960s, leading the Packers to five NFL championships and victories in the first two Super Bowls.

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