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Jerry Groom


Jerome Paul Groom

Inducted 1994

Date of Birth



Des Moines, IA


University of Notre Dame (1948-1950)


Jerry Groom had an exciting three years as a varsity performer at Notre Dame. As a sophomore in 1948 he was second-string center behind Bill Walsh. In 1949, he played on the defensive platoon at linebacker. In a 27-20 victory over Southern Methodist that clinched a national championship for Notre Dame, Groom intercepted two passes and blocked a kick. As a senior in 1950, Groom was Notre Dame captain and played both ways, averaging 55 minutes a game. He made consensus All-America. He was named Lineman of the Week by United Press following the Pittsburgh game. Frank Leahy, the Notre Dame coach, said, "Jerry is a true leader, he keeps the players' spirits up at all times." He was captain of the East team in the Shrine East-West Game and co-captain (with Bud McFadin of Texas) in the College All-Star Game. As a college star Groom stood 6-3 and weighed 215. He played pro with the Chicago Cardinals from 1951-55.


Height 6'3

Weight 215

Career Highlights

  • 1950 Consensus All-America
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