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Pat O'Dea


Patrick John O'Dea

Inducted 1962

Date of Birth



Melbourne, Australia


University of Wisconsin (1896-1899)


Patrick John O'Dea was born March 17, 1872, in Melbourne, Australia. He was a star Australian Rules football player for Xavier College, Melbourne. Pat moved to the United States in 1896 and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, where his brother was track coach. Pat was a member of the crew, a hurdler in track, and four-year football fullback 1896-1899. He was famous for his running drop-kicks. His longest was 62-yards November 15, 1898, against Northwestern. He made 60-yarders against Chicago, 1897, and Minnesota, 1899. His place-kicks included 60-yards against Minnesota, 57-yards against Illinois, 1899. O'Dea was credited with long punts: 110-yards against Minnesota, 1887, 100-yards against Yale, 1899, 85-yards against Lake Forest, 1896. He made a 90-yard run against Beloit, 1899, and in four years made 32 field goals. O'Dea was head coach at Notre Dame 1900-01 (record: 14-4-2) and Missouri 1902 (record: 5-3). He moved to San Francisco and in 1913 coached the Stanford crew. O'Dea disappeared in 1917, was presumed dead, and was discovered in 1934 in Westwood, California, using an assumed name, Charles Mitchell. "I was tired of the football fame," he explained. He resumed the name O'Dea.


Height 6'0

Weight 169

Career Highlights

  • 1899 Third Team All-America
  • 1898 Second Team All-America
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