Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Entering the Hall: Dave Casper
By Matt Fortuna
The College Football Hall of Fame enshrinement festival will be getting some local flavor.
Former Notre Dame tight end Dave Casper will have the chance to return to South Bend, Ind., as part of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class, his second Hall of Fame induction in the past decade.
Casper, who was selected Tuesday to the College Hall, was also a member of the 2002 Pro Football Hall of Fame class after his 11-year NFL career with the Raiders, Oilers and Vikings.
Prior to those stops, Casper spent two years as an offensive tackle with the Irish before switching to tight end for the second half of his college career (1972-73). He also saw some time on the defensive line at Notre Dame, prompting coach Ara Parseghian to later call him the best athlete he ever had.
Casper was a consensus All-American, a team captain and Notre Dame's offensive MVP in 1973, helping lead the Irish to the national title that season. The 1973 campaign also included National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete honors, CoSIDA Academic All-American honors and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
The Chilton, Wis., native caught 21 career passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns before being picked by the Raiders in the second round of the 1974 NFL draft. Casper made five Pro Bowls in his NFL career and helped the Raiders win Super Bowl XI. He was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1993 before receiving the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award six years later.
Casper was the only one of the three former Notre Dame players on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year to be selected. Raghib Ismail and Jim Seymour were also on the ballot.