Leahy, Boulac, Rosenthal, and Dreisbach headline Indiana Football HOF Inductees

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Frank Leahy, Brian Boulac, Mike Rosenthal, and Scott Dreisbach along with four others were announced today as inductees to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. See the entire press release below.

The St. Joseph Valley Chapter of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame proudly announces that eight individuals from our region will be inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. They are Dr. Paul Macri, players Chuck Alexander, Scott Dreisbach, Ron Fellows, Mike Rosenthal and Rick Sayers and Legendary Coaches Frank Leahy and Brian Boulac.

They were nominated by the local chapter and received approval for induction by the Past President’s Committee of the Indiana Football Coaches Association and by the Hall of Fame Committee in Richmond. These new members, to be enshrined in 2014, will be honored at a banquet to be held on May 16, 2014 at the St. Hedwig’s Memorial Center in South Bend. Cocktails will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Dr. Paul Macri

Dr Macri, in addition to being a local family physician, served as the Team Physician for SB Adams High school from 1975-1982 and Mishawaka High School from 1968-1975, and again after 1982. He also served as Examining Physician for the Notre Dame Football Team.

Dr. Macri received numerous awards and honors and has been published in the Journal of American College of Sports Medicine. He was inducted into the Mishawaka High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.

Chuck Alexander

Chuck is a 1976 graduate of Mishawaka High School where he played both offensively and defensively for three years. He was the Northern Indiana Conference Most Valuable Player in both 1974 and 1975, only one of two repeat winners for that honor. He was 1st team UPI All-State Linebacker in 1974 and 1st team UPI All-State Running Back in 1975. He left Mishawaka as the all time leading rusher and had five blocked punts in his career. He was inducted into the Mishawaka High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

Chuck played his college ball at Indiana University. He was a three year letterman and a two year starter at Strong Safety in 1979 and 1980. In 1980 he led the Hoosiers in interceptions with four.

Following college he returned to Mishawaka as an Assistant Football Coach for the Cavemen.

Scott Dreisbach

A 1994 graduate of Penn High School, Scott was a two year starter at quarter back for the Kingsmen who was All NIC in 1992 and 1993 and AP All-State in 1993.

Scott started at quarterback as a redshirt freshman for the University of Michigan in 1995, until he was sidelined by a broken hand. In his first game as a starter vs Virginia, he set two (at the time) records; most yards passing and biggest comeback. In 1996 he started 11 games, but a preseason injury sidelined him in 1997 and the beginning of 1998. He returned to play in 1998, sharing duties with Tom Brady during the season.

Scott played professional football for five years with the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe.

Ron Fellows

A 1977 graduate of Washington High School, Ron was an All Conference offensive back for two years and defensive safety his senior year. He was also selected UPI All-State offensive running back and selected All American in that position. Ron was Conference MVP and South Bend Tribune offensive player of the year his senior year.

Ron lettered two years at the University of Missouri at the deep back position. He was considered one of the major players in the Southeastern conference during his college career.

Ron was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1981 as a defensive back. He played from 1981 to 1986 with Dallas where he served as team captain. During his career there he had 19 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries, returning two for touchdowns. He played his last two NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Mike Rosenthal

Mike is a 1995 graduate of Penn High School where he was recognized as a two time All NIC All-Area pick, Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year in Indiana and USA Today First Team All-American and Player of the Year, among others.

Mike started four years at the University of Notre Dame where he was recognized in 1998 as Walter Camp First Team All-American and AP Second Team All-American. He was a team captain in 1998.

Mike had an outstanding career in the NFL, playing nine years with the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and retiring from the Miami Dolphins in 2007.

Rick Sayers

Rick graduated from John Adams High School in 1969 where he was recognized as First Team All-Conference and All-State Quarterback.

Rick played college football at Purdue University where he was a second team All-Big Ten Wide Receiver for the Boilermakers 1n 1971. He led Purdue in receiving with 56 catches in 1971 and 1972. He was selected a College All-Star in 1972.

Rick played for the Baltimore Colts in 1973. Unfortunately, an injury ended his career in his first season.

Brian Boulac

Brian ended his career as an Assistant Athletic Director at Notre Dame with 39 years experience on the Notre Dame Athletic Staff as both a coach and administrator. He was a member of the Irish football coaching staff from 1970-1982 where he coached the offensive and defensive lines, receivers and special teams at various times during his career.

Brian was a three year member of the football team, earning a letter in both 1960 and 1961. He had an opportunity with the NFL’S St. Louis Cardinals, but elected to stay on campus as a graduate assistant from 1963-1965.

Additionally, Brian was the first head coach of the Notre Dame women’s softball team. In each of his four years in that capacity he enjoyed 30 win seasons.

Frank Leahy

A tackle on Knute Rockne’s last three Notre Dame teams, Frank graduated from Notre Dame in 1931. After serving several assistant and head coaching positions across the country, he returned to Notre Dame as Head Coach in 1941. After entering the US Navy in 1944, he returned to his head coaching position in 1946, where he remained as head coach until 1954.
While at Notre Dame, Leahy had six undefeated seasons, five national championship teams and an unbeaten string of 39 games in the late 1940’s.He was selected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1970.

Tickets for the banquet are $25.00 each and must be purchased by May 12, 2014. Tickets are available at Penn High School, Mishawaka High School, Jimtown High School, Washington High School, and Adams High School and or by calling Don Monhaut at 574-261-7341. Tickets are now available for the banquet.

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