Frankie Carideo

Notre Dame star hailed by Knute Rockne as the best quarterback he ever saw.

Frank Carideo was born August 4, 1908, and burst to fame playing football for Notre Dame. In both 1929 and 1930, he was a consensus All-American player and the starting quarterback during Knute Rockne’s final two years, when the team went undefeated.

In 1929, Carideo had three touchdowns of 60 yards or longer. The following year – often considered Rockne’s best – Carideo ensured an undefeated season when he threw a touchdown pass to beat Army, 7-6.

Rockne himself claimed Carideo was the best quarterback he ever saw. The young Carideo was known as a dangerous runner, strong passer and intelligent signal caller. He also excelled as a punter, capable of sending the ball out of bounds near the opposition’s goal line.

Carideo was Notre Dame’s top punt returner with 947 yards on 92 returns. He also played defensive back and intercepted 151 passes during the course of his career.

Frank was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954 and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1982. He died on March 17, 1992.