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Notre Dame Football: Bob Elliott’s Former Players and Colleagues Share Their Memories

Players, colleagues show outpouring of love for their friend, mentor and guide.

Bob Elliott was more than a coach to those he instructed for 37 of the past 41 years. The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish safeties coach was a gentle spirit, a father figure, a caring friend and a master motivator.

His players and colleagues have taken to social media today to remember Elliott, who died Saturday night at the age of 64. The Iowa City native was under the care of Hospice at the time of his passing.

Want proof of Elliott’s reach beyond his regular responsibilities? Look how many offensive players tweeted remembrances of him, despite Elliott spending almost his entire career on the opposite side of the ball.

Greg Sharpe, radio play-by-play announcer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers:

Senior defensive back Nick Watkins:

Jasmine Johnson, Notre Dame football coordinator of on-campus recruiting:

Diaco, like Elliott, played for the Iowa Hawkeyes, coached there and later coached together at Notre Dame (and briefly, with the Nebraska Cornhuskers before Elliott’s death).

Former Notre Dame linebacker and current Los Angeles Chargers player James Onwualu: