Ara Parseghian: Rest in Peace
These days many people know him best from the movie 'Rudy', in which the actor portraying him promises no-talent, underweight, undersized Rudy a chance to dress-out and sit the bench for Notre Dame for payback after his giving two solid, bloody and bruising years on the Fighting Irish football team.
Ara Parseghian who took a dead stick Irish team and over the next eleven seasons won two National Championships in 1966 and '73 and influenced hundreds of thousands of young athletes and citizens died this morning quietly in his home in Granger, Indiana at age 94.
Parseghian and his .836 win percentage now takes his place alongside two other storied Notre Dame coaches: Frank Leahy (.855) and Knute Rockne (.881) both in the hereafter and in Legend. These three are considered Notre Dame's 'Holy Trinity' of coaches.
The student body was so in love and believed in Parseghian's abilities to the extent if it started raining during a home game the fans would chant: "Ara, stop the rain!" or if it was snowing "Ara, stop the snow!" Not even Nick Saban commands this kind of fan faith!
Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame, gone at 94. May he rest in the Peace of our Lord.
I bet Bear Bryant is waiting for him from across the field on the great sidelines in the sky.