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|Date of birth:||February 21, 1921|
|Place of birth:||Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.|
|Date of death:||April 19, 2006(aged 85)|
|Place of death:||Canfield, Ohio, U.S.|
|NFL draft:||1943 / Round: 5 / Pick: 40
(By the Washington Redskins)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Robert Leo Patrick "Grandpappy" Dove (February 21, 1921 – April 19, 2006) served as an All-America end at the University of Notre Dame and went on to play for eight seasons in the National Football League. Following his retirement as a professional player, Dove embarked on a 37-year coaching career at the professional and collegiate levels. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Dove was born in Youngstown, Ohio, United States, a steel-production center located near the Pennsylvania border. Dove was a three-year starter at the city's South High School from 1936–38; and he was selected as an all-city player by the Youngstown Vindicator (the local daily paper) in his final year.
College football and beyond
Dove went on to greater athletic feats at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a three-year starter at end from 1940–42. He was a consensus All-American in his final two seasons. As a freshman in 1939, he caught 15 passes for 87 yards. Dove then became the first sophomore to start for the Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" in 11 seasons. He received the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy in 1942 as the top lineman in the country and also played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game. During his three seasons as a starter, Dove helped the Irish to a 22-4-3 record, including an undefeated (8-0-1) campaign in the first season of legendary coach Frank Leahy.
In 1948, Dove joined the NFL's Chicago Cardinals, where he played for five seasons. In 1953, he was traded to the Detroit Lions and played on their 1953 and 1954 championship teams. He retired in 1955.
Dove was an assistant coach at the University of Detroit from 1955–57, and then became an assistant for the Lions in 1958–59, and for the Buffalo Bills in 1960–61. He was head coach at Hiram College for seven seasons. He joined the Youngstown State University staff in 1969, where he served as assistant under four coaches, including Jim Tressel. In 1987, Dove was named coach emeritus and served in that position through the 1991 Division I-AA national championship season.
Beyond his 2002 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, Dove was also a second-team selection on Street & Smith's All-Time Dream Team, which covered players from the first 50 years of its publication (1941–1990). Dove was chosen at defensive end on the second team, ranked behind Ted Hendricks of Miami and Hugh Green of Pittsburgh, and alongside Bubba Smith of Michigan State.
Earlier, in 1975, Dove was one of 10 players inducted into the Citizens Savings Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. The other nine players were Ron Beagle, Navy; Chuck Bednarik, Pennsylvania: Carl Diehl, Dartmouth; Bill Fisher, Notre Dame; Leroy Keyes, Purdue; Tommy Nobis, Texas; Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma; Joe Romig, Colorado; and Charles "Bubba" Smith, Michigan State.
- "College Football Hall of Fame Homepage". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- "Bob Dove, Ex-Notre Dame and Pro Standout, Elected to LA Citizen Savings Hall of Fame". The Youngstown Vindicator. September 21, 1975. p. D-3.
- "Footballers Sinkwich, Dove, Farrar Named in 1969 Curbstone Hall of Fame; Banquet Set Jan. 26". The Youngstown Vindicator. January 12, 1969.
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 21, 2006.
- "Hall of Famer Bob Dove Dies". The Associated Press. April 21, 2006.
- "Bob Dove Obituary". CSTV.com. Retrieved 2007-03-12.