Bob Dove

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bob Dove
Bob Dove (ca 1942).jpg
No. 42, 78
Position: End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1921-02-21)February 21, 1921
Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio
Date of death: April 19, 2006(2006-04-19) (aged 85)
Place of death: Canfield, Ohio
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1943 / Round: 5 / Pick: 40
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards: 128
Interceptions: 1
Touchdowns: 2
Player stats at

Robert Leo Patrick "Grandpappy" Dove (February 21, 1921 – April 19, 2006) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame and professionally for eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Following his retirement as a 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 as a player in 2002.[1]

Early years[edit]

Dove was born in Youngstown, Ohio, a steel-production center located near the Pennsylvania border. Dove was a three-year starter at the city's South High School from 1936 to 1938; and he was selected as an all-city player by the Youngstown Vindicator (the local daily paper) in his final year.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Dove went on to greater athletic feats at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a three-year starter at end, from 1940 to 1942. He was a consensus All-American in his final two seasons.[3] 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 Game.[3] 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.[4]

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.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Dove was an assistant coach at the University of Detroit from 1955 to 1957, and then became an assistant for the Lions from 1958 to 59, and for the Buffalo Bills in 1960 from 1961. He was head coach at Hiram College for seven seasons, from 1962 to 1968. 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 NCAA Division I-AA national championship season.[5]


Following a long illness, Dove died in Canfield, Ohio on April 19, 2006. His funeral was held at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Canfield.[5]


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.[6]

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.[2]


  1. ^ "College Football Hall of Fame Homepage". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b "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. 
  3. ^ a b "Footballers Sinkwich, Dove, Farrar Named in 1969 Curbstone Hall of Fame; Banquet Set Jan. 26". The Youngstown Vindicator. January 12, 1969. 
  4. ^ a b Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 21, 2006.
  5. ^ a b "Hall of Famer Bob Dove Dies". Associated Press. April 21, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Bob Dove Obituary". Retrieved 2007-03-12. 

External links[edit]