Aug. 30, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Flashback is a series that takes a look back at past Notre Dame greats. This week Flashback looks back at Bob Dove a member of the 1940, ’41 and ’42 squads. Dove will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December. He becomes the 38th former Notre Dame player inducted which is the more than any other school.
Dove started at end for three years for the Irish. He played for legendary Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy. In fact, Dove was a member of Leahy’s first two squads.
He earned consensus All-American honors in the 1941 season as well as the ’42 season.
In his senior season, he won the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy for being the top collegiate lineman in the country.
Washington selected Dove in the third round of the 1943 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons in the pros with the Chicago Rockets and Chicago Cardinals.
After his playing days, he spent several years as an assistant coach with the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, the University of Detroit and Youngstown State.
Street & Smith’s named Dove to its second team All-Time Dream Team for the first 50 years of its publication.
Dove will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in August of 2001. His class includes the likes of former USC great Marcus Allen, Oklahoma’s Kurt Burris, former Michigan player Dan Dierdorf and Stanford standout John Elway.