(19)29. First year Loyola graduate Bert Metzger won a
national championship as an offensive guard at Notre Dame. The College
Football HOFer weighed 152 pounds, diminutive enough to earn the
nickname "watch-charm guard." He was named an All-American in 1930 —
Knute Rockne’s last season — as the Irish won another national title.
My brother Jim, who played for Loyola Academy with Metzger's son John in the 1965 Prep Bowl, writes:
John always told the story about how he got to start. They had a bull
in the ring drill, and Bert broke the nose of the coach. That got him
the attention he needed to get to play.
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