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Don Miller


Donald Charles Miller

Inducted 1970

Date of Birth



Defiance, OH


University of Notre Dame (1922-1924)


He was no better than a substitute on his high school team in Defiance, Ohio, and few held any hope of Don Miller making the Notre Dame varsity when he reported to practice in 1922, an unimposing 5-11, 160-pound sophomore. Even Irish coach Knute Rockne was surprised Miller came out for football. But Miller was destined for greatness as the workhouse runner in the famed Four Horsemen backfield of Notre Dame's immortal 1924 national championship team. "With his fleetness and daring, he quickly sized up as a halfback to cheer the heart of any coach," Rockne later admitted. "Once in the open field, he was the most dangerous of the Four Horsemen. I would have to call him the greatest open-field runner I ever had." Miller's churning, high knee action made him extremely difficult to bring down. During the perfect ten-game season of 1924, Miller averaged 7.1 yards per carry, and over his three-year career, Miller rushed for a 6.8-yard average. Miller was also the leading Notre Dame receiver in each of his three varsity years. An All-America selection in 1923, Miller was also a basketball letterman and president of his senior class. Miller served as line coach at Ohio State for a brief time, then became a judge in Cleveland, Ohio.


Height 5'11

Weight 160

Career Highlights

  • 1924 Third Team All-America
  • 1923 First Team All-America
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