Dove, Hall of Famer from Notre Dame, dies at 85

Updated: April 20, 2006, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Bob Dove, a Hall of Fame end at Notre Dame who played eight season in the NFL and was a longtime assistant coach at Youngstown State, has died. He was 85.

Dove died Wednesday at a nursing home in Austintown, Ohio, following a lengthy illness, according to Lane Funeral Home.

Dove, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000, was chosen to Street & Smith Magazine's second team when, in 1990, it picked the top college players of the previous 50 years. The Washington Touchdown Club awarded Dove its Rockne Trophy as the nation's best lineman in 1942.

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.

He was an assistant coach at the University of Detroit from 1955-57, then became an assistant for the Detroit Lions in 1958-59 and for the Buffalo Bills in 1960-61.

He was the head coach at Hiram College for seven seasons.

Dove joined the Youngstown State staff in 1969 and coached under four coaches, including Jim Tressel, now the Ohio State coach. In 1987, he was named coach emeritus and served in that position through the 1991 Division I-AA national championship season.

A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Church in Canfield, Ohio.


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