Jesuit Sports Hall Of Fame

Robert S. Finnegan

Arthur Allen
Joe Bell

Kevin Burris

Eric Elkins

Robert S. Finnegan

Bob Floyd
Johnathan Howard
Paul Linehan
Mike Madigan
William Moore
Dan Murphy
Carl Pellegrini
Mike Reilly

Fred Schaefer
Ken Shaw
Herb Sheaner
Ronnie Wallace





While at Jesuit, Ron had the opportunity to learn from former Ranger track and field greats Brian Brett and Carl Pellegrini. Carl helped Rob convert from a traditional shot putter to the "Oldfield Spin," which transformed an average shot putter into the TCIL State Record Holder his junior year (the former record holder being some guy named Carl Pellegrini). A four-year letterman at Jesuit in track and field, Rob went on to be the number one shot putter at Notre Dame his freshman year, winning the indoor title at the Midwestern City Conference meet before quitting to focus on spring football.

In 1978 Jesuit traveled to Cincinnati to play national power Moeller High School, where Rob Finnegan played against his future college football coach, Gerry Faust, and seven future Notre Dame teammates. Typical of the Jesuit experience, Rob had the opportunity to match up against some of the best high school football teams in the country, Moeller being only one. The highlight of his Jesuit career was a 7-3 victory at Lewisville-then the number one 5-A team in Texas.

A three-year starter for the Ranger football team, Rob, a 1980 member of the Parade All-American High School Football Team, became the fourth Jesuit tight end in a decade to attend the University of Notre Dame on a full athletic scholarship, following in the footsteps of Robin Weber, Dennis Grindinger, and Matt Ammon. Upon graduation Rob was the recipient of the Leo F. Ostdick Memorial Award for the Jesuit student who best combines athletic and academic achievement.

At Notre Dame, Rob was a member of the travelling squad all four years, seeing action in 36 games and lettering twice on a team that boasted 19 All-Americans, a Heisman Trophy winner, and 35 NFL draft picks. Selected as the Offensive Player of the game, he appeared on the Notre Dame coach's television show following the Air Force game in October 1984. As a senior Rob was selected b y the University of Notre Dame Office of Freshman Year of Studies to serve as Academic Counselor for Student Athletes for the 1984-85 school year, a honor reserved for one senior athlete each year.

A certified public accountant, Rob currently serves as regional CFO for HCA-The Healthcare Company. He and his wife Glenda have a 3-year-old son, Robbie.

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