Sunday, July 19, 2009
Pat Fitzgerald, College Football Hall of Famer
I want to take today to congratulate NU football coach Pat Fitzgerald of his induction to the College Football Hall of Fame. This is a great honor for Fitzgerald and for Northwestern. Fitzgerald’s induction is also a great chance for people to remember one of the greatest seasons in the history of college football. It is amazing to me that more football historians do not spend more time talking about Northwestern’s 1995 season when discussing college football history. What Gary Barnett did in turning around Northwestern’s program that season was amazing and Fitz was without a doubt the leader of that squad. The honor of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame is well deserved for Fitz and I hope for some of those who attended the ceremony from other schools that it served to educate them about just how good Fitz was and how remarkable the accomplishments of him, his teammates, and coaches truly were. Perhaps even more impressive, I think Coach Fitz is well on his way to accomplishing even more great feats for Northwestern, this time as a coach. Someday, he might even find himself deserving another ceremony as a Hall of Fame inductee for his efforts as NU’s head coach.