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Bob Dove


Robert Leo Patrick Dove

Inducted 2000

Date of Birth



Youngstown, OH


University of Notre Dame (1940-1942)


Bob Dove was a football star at South High School in Youngstown, Ohio. He went to Notre Dame and in 1940 became the first sophomore to win a starting position since Wayne Millner in 1933. Dove made consensus All-America at end in 1941 and 1942. The Washington Touchdown Club awarded him its Rockne Trophy as the nation's best lineman in 1942. In 1990 Street & Smith Magazine named its 50-year selections, covering the magazine's existence since 1940. Dove was chosen at defensive end on the second-team. He was ranked behind Ted Hendricks of Miami and Hugh Green of Pittsburgh and ranked with Bubba Smith of Michigan State. In 1980 the Mutual Broadcasting System named a scholarship for Bob Dove, given to the Notre Dame general scholarship fund. Dove was in the Marines in World War II. He played pro football with the Chicago Rockets, Chicago Cardinals, and Detroit Lions 1946-54. Then came his coaching career at the University of Detroit, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Hiram College and Youngstown State.


Height 6'2

Weight 195

Career Highlights

  • 1942 Consensus All-America
  • 1941 Consensus All-America
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