An exclusive with Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald



By Paul M. Banks 

From the Northwestern Sports Information Department Media Guide

“In 1995, when Northwestern took the “Purple to Pasadena,” the heart and soul of that Wildcat team was defensive standout Pat Fitzgerald, whom on May 1, 2008, was bestowed his sport’s pinnacle achievement: induction into College
Football’s Hall of Fame. A two-time Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Award winner, Fitzgerald is one of 13
former players to enter the College Hall of Fame this year. The 15th Northwestern player and/or coach to be inducted into the Hall, Fitzgerald will be honored at a ceremony on Dec. 9, 2008 in New York, and then enshrined in July of 2009.

Fitzgerald’s passion, dedication and work ethic were some of the primary reasons why Northwestern’s defense was one of the nation’s best, and why the Wildcats savored unparalleled success for two straight seasons in ’95 and ’96. Northwestern won back-to-back Big Ten titles and posted a two-year Big Ten mark of 15-1. Now, 13 years later, Fitzgerald, is using those same traits that made him an outstanding college player to lead Northwestern’s football program as its head coach.
A Wildcats assistant from 2001 through the summer of 2006, Fitzgerald was named Northwestern’s 29th head coach on July 7, 2006, succeeding Randy Walker, who died suddenly on June 29, 2006. He is the youngest (33 years old) head football coach among Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division IA) schools.

Named one of college football’s top recruiters by in 2004 and inducted into Northwestern’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Fitzgerald is a  native of Orland Park, Ill., and a graduate of Carl Sandburg High School.”

And I’d like to add “S-I-C-A….SICA! SICA!” 


An Exclusive with Pat Fitzgerald


 The Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern Media Day Press Conference




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  1. I’m sure, Moe Diddy, Dave and the other Sandburg guys will love this one!

  2. Fitzgerald came to Sandburg to talk about “being good” and all that jazz, motivational speaker style… then a week later was arrested outside a strip club… true story… or at least I think…


  3. ps… where was the token SICA love question?

  4. The SICA references were all done afterwards, off-the-record. He came to speak to my team at Stagg too. I was like Sandburg and Northwestern? the rivals of my blue and orange Stagg and Illinois! But i thought he was a cool guy then too anyway. I was of course, injured again that practice to when he stuck around after his speech, I talked to him more when everyone else went out to practice

  5. Matt Saracen QB#1 says

    I think coach Taylor would like to read this

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