Bob Bracken

Robert Louis Bracken (January 4, 1885 – July 29, 1965) was an American football player and a starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame.

In his first two years playing for the Fighting Irish squad, Bracken started at halfback. He was given the starting job at quarterback for his senior year in 1906, and led the team to a 6-1 record, including wins over Michigan State and Purdue, with the lone loss suffered at Indiana.

Bracken was made an assistant to head coach Thomas A. Barry in 1907, and then graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1908, eventually becoming an attorney back in his home town of Polo, Illinois. By the early 1930s, he had been appointed as a judge in nearby Dixon, Illinois.

Bob Bracken
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
PositionQuarterback, halfback
Career history
CollegeNotre Dame (1904–1906)
Personal information
Born:January 4, 1885
Polo, Illinois
Died:July 29, 1965 (aged 80)


  • Steele, Michael R. The Fighting Irish Football Encyclopedia. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing LLC (1996).
  • Grant, Chet. Before Rockne at Notre Dame. South Bend, IN: Icarus Press (1978).
Bracken (disambiguation)

Bracken are several species of ferns, including:

Pteridium esculentum, also called aruhe in New Zealand.Bracken may also refer to:

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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.

Pteridium esculentum

Pteridium esculentum, commonly known as bracken fern, Austral bracken or simply bracken, is a species of the bracken genus native to a number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere. Esculentum means edible.

First described as Pteris esculenta by German botanist Georg Forster in 1786, it gained its current binomial name in 1908. The Eora people of the Sydney region knew it as gurgi.P. esculentum grows from creeping rhizomes, which are covered with reddish hair. From them arise single large roughly triangular fronds, which grow to 0.5–2 metres (1 ft 8 in–6 ft 7 in) tall. The fronds are stiff with a brown stripe.It is found in all states of Australia apart from the Northern Territory, as well as New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Malaysia, Polynesia, and New Caledonia. Within Victoria it is widespread and common to altitudes of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). In New South Wales, it occurs in across central, eastern and southern parts of the state. It can also be weedy and invade disturbed areas. In Western Australia, it grows near the southern and western coastlines, as far north as Geraldton.Like its northern hemisphere relatives, Pteridium esculentum is very quick to colonise disturbed areas and can outcompete other plants to form a dense understorey. It is often treated as a weed. It does create a more humid sheltered microclimate under its leaves and is food for a variety of native insects. Two species of fruit fly (Drosophila) were recorded in a field study near Sydney, Another study near Sydney yielded 17 herbivorous arthropods (15 insects and two mites), notable for the lack of Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps) and Coleoptera (beetles).

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