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    Pat Fitzgerald
    Pat Fitzgerald

    Contemporary Era:
    2002 Inductee


    'Beyond the Box Score' Lecture to Address Storytelling in Sports

    Northwestern Athletics and Medill to co-sponsor next installment in NU's 'Beyond the Box Score' lecture series


    WGN Radio, Northwestern Agree to Three-Year Broadcast Extension

    Deal keeps WGN as flagship station for NU football, men's basketball through 2015-16


    Gifts Supporting Northwestern Athletics Surpass $55 Million

    Big boost provided for new transformational, year-round athletics and recreation complex


    Northwestern And City Of Evanston Partner For `Paint Evanston Purple' Pep Rally & Evanston Day This Week

    Key events include pep rally Thursday and Big Ten football game vs. Indiana Saturday


    Register Now For Inaugural Purple Pride Blood Drive

    Northwestern and LifeSource will team up for Aug. 8 inititative

    One of the most widely heralded players in NU history, Fitzgerald was a leader on NU's 1995 and 1996 Big Ten championship teams. He became the first player ever to win consecutive National Defensive Player of the Year awards, and earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards in both 1995 and 1996. Fitzgerald also earned a pair of first-team All-America awards and was named Big Ten Player of the Week four times during his career. He captained the 1996 team, which finished 9-3 and qualified for the 1997 Citrus Bowl. Fitzgerald led the Big Ten in tackles in 1995, and topped NU's tackle chart in 1996.

    After serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats for five years (2001-06), Fitzgerald was appointed as Randy Walker's successor as head coach, following Walker's untimely death in June, 2006. At the time of his hire (July 7, 2006), Fitzgerald was Division I's youngest head football coach. In his eight years as head coach, Fitzgerald has led NU to a 55-46 record, including five consecutive bowl game appearances from 2008-2012. In 2012, he led the `Cats to their first bowl game victory since their 1948 win in the Rose Bowl.