John Heisler | August 31, 2017
Bob Crable, a two-time consensus All-America linebacker in football at the University of Notre Dame and the most prolific tackler in Fighting Irish history, will be honored at the Notre Dame-Temple football game Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium for his selection to the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Crable becomes the 46th former Notre Dame player—and the first since end Thom Gatewood in 2015—to join the College Football Hall of Fame. With 46 former players and six former coaches selected, Notre Dame boasts more honorees than any other school in the country.
Crable is part of the 2017 class that includes 10 players and three coaches. He will be inducted with the entire 2017 class Dec. 5, 2017, at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. The 2017 class also will be recognized at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta following the 2017 season.
A two-time Irish captain under head coaches Dan Devine (Crable played for him in 1978-79-80) and Gerry Faust (Crable played his senior season under him in 1981), Crable led the Irish in total tackles in three straight seasons—in 1979 with a Notre Dame single-season record 187, in 1980 with 154 and in 1981 with 167 (plus two interceptions). Crable joins fellow linebackers Manti Te’o (2010-11-12) and Bob Olson (1967-68-69) as the only Irish players to lead Notre Dame in tackles in three consecutive campaigns (tackle statistics go back through the 1956 season).
His season tackle totals in 1979 (187) and 1981 (167) remain the two best single-season marks in Notre Dame history. Crable was a mainstay of the 1980 Irish defense that ranked fourth in the country in total defense (213.2 yards allowed per game), fifth in scoring defense (10.1 points) and eighth in both rushing (109.8 yards) and passing defense (103.0 yards).