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Johnny Lattner Wins The Heisman - 125 Years of Notre Dame Football - Moment #099
Johnny Lattner Wins The Heisman - 125 Years of Notre Dame Football - Moment #099
Published: 2012/12/05
Channel: WatchND
Football highlights from Notre Dame halfback Johnny Lattner
Football highlights from Notre Dame halfback Johnny Lattner
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: nutty.archives
Johnny Lattner ● A Simple Tribute
Johnny Lattner ● A Simple Tribute
Published: 2016/02/14
Channel: Rest in Peace
Johnny Lattner
Johnny Lattner's Traveling Heisman
Published: 2008/11/11
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Johnny Lattner Heisman Trophy Case Unveiling Ceremony
Johnny Lattner Heisman Trophy Case Unveiling Ceremony
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: Fenwick High School
Quarterback Club with Johnny Lattner
Quarterback Club with Johnny Lattner
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: Browning Genealogy
Remembering Antonin Scalia, Johnny Lattner, Tommy Kelly
Remembering Antonin Scalia, Johnny Lattner, Tommy Kelly
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
2015 Sports Faith International Inductee: Johnny Lattner
2015 Sports Faith International Inductee: Johnny Lattner
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: Sports Faith International
What position did Johnny Lattner play?
What position did Johnny Lattner play?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
How many points did Johnny Lattner score?
How many points did Johnny Lattner score?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
Don Hutson on Johnny Blood
Don Hutson on Johnny Blood
Published: 2012/08/07
Channel: packershof
Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame: Johnny Lattner 2013
Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame: Johnny Lattner 2013
Published: 2013/09/19
Channel: eharris1908
What school did Johnny Lattner play for?
What school did Johnny Lattner play for?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
Heisman Heroes: John Lattner
Heisman Heroes: John Lattner
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Heisman Trophy
What year did Johnny Lattner win the Heisman Trophy?
What year did Johnny Lattner win the Heisman Trophy?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
The Heisman at the Hancock
The Heisman at the Hancock
Published: 2015/03/18
Channel: petemcmurayshow
Notre Dame Victory March of the 1940
Notre Dame Victory March of the 1940's
Published: 2011/05/07
Channel: IrishRoo12
Notre Dame
Notre Dame's John Lattner Texas 1952 Game Frank Leahy Story
Published: 2014/08/26
Channel: Kenneth Levandoski
Johnny Dedication
Johnny Dedication
Published: 2013/06/17
Channel: La Shanda Lattner
The Traveling Heisman
The Traveling Heisman
Published: 2013/12/09
Channel: Washington Post
Luke Lattner Buzzer-Beater vs. Denison (January 28, 2015) Audio: WGRE
Luke Lattner Buzzer-Beater vs. Denison (January 28, 2015) Audio: WGRE
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: DePauw Tigers
Picked off! Fenwick
Picked off! Fenwick's John Lattner intercepts the pass!
Published: 2012/10/15
Channel: The Cube Dot Com
Remembering P. F. Sloan
Remembering P. F. Sloan
Published: 2015/12/07
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
Notre Dame
Notre Dame's John Lattner on Winning Heisman & Maxwell Awards
Published: 2014/08/28
Channel: Kenneth Levandoski
Notre Dame
Notre Dame's John Lattner on Leahy Personal Style Story
Published: 2014/08/28
Channel: Kenneth Levandoski
Notre Dame
Notre Dame's John Lattner and his 5 Mortal Sins (5 Fumbles, in One Game)
Published: 2014/08/28
Channel: Kenneth Levandoski
Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame (1943, 1946-1947)
Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame (1943, 1946-1947)
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: NFFOnDemand
DePauw guard Luke Lattner
DePauw guard Luke Lattner's Record-breaking 55-point performance, 2/17/2016
Published: 2016/02/18
Channel: DePauw Tigers
R.I.P Tyler "T-Latt" Lattner
R.I.P Tyler "T-Latt" Lattner
Published: 2013/09/07
Channel: jedicaleb
The Intensity of Frank Leahy - 125 Years of Notre Dame Football - Moment #017
The Intensity of Frank Leahy - 125 Years of Notre Dame Football - Moment #017
Published: 2012/09/07
Channel: WatchND
1953 Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame
1953 Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame
Published: 2013/08/19
Channel: footballvideoscom
Interview with 1956 Heisman winner Paul Hornung, Part 1
Interview with 1956 Heisman winner Paul Hornung, Part 1
Published: 2016/03/14
Channel: Heisman Trophy
Go Irish
Go Irish
Published: 2006/08/26
Channel: goblue85
A Conversation Between Johnny Lujack and Malik Zaire
A Conversation Between Johnny Lujack and Malik Zaire
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: WatchND
Heisman Trophy Winners Youth Football Camp
Heisman Trophy Winners Youth Football Camp
Published: 2013/04/28
Channel: J Schaffer
Nice run! Fenwick
Nice run! Fenwick's Robert Spillane sprints for a 60-yard gain!
Published: 2012/10/01
Channel: The Cube Dot Com
Luke Lattner
Luke Lattner's Story on Why People Should Come to Boy's Basketball Games
Published: 2013/02/16
Channel: FenwickTelevision
Mark Hubbard shout out. Notre Dame vs. Navy on CBS 11/1/14
Mark Hubbard shout out. Notre Dame vs. Navy on CBS 11/1/14
Published: 2014/11/02
Channel: gummyfifty
Corboy & Demetrio Heisman Trophy Tour: MindsMatter
Corboy & Demetrio Heisman Trophy Tour: MindsMatter
Published: 2015/11/23
Channel: Corboy & Demetrio
Heisman Trophy Habitat for Humanity
Heisman Trophy Habitat for Humanity
Published: 2013/04/28
Channel: J Schaffer
The Adventures of Johnny Lujack
The Adventures of Johnny Lujack
Published: 2015/11/09
Channel: WatchND
Deep & Lounge | Deep House Set [Dinner & Drink] Mixed By Johnny M
Deep & Lounge | Deep House Set [Dinner & Drink] Mixed By Johnny M
Published: 2016/09/08
Channel: Johnny M In The Mix ►Dj Activities
The Adventures of Johnny Lujack
The Adventures of Johnny Lujack
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: WatchND
Johnny Javon Vernon
Johnny Javon Vernon
Published: 2013/06/25
Channel: La Shanda Lattner
Connellsville inducts Lujack and Woodruff
Connellsville inducts Lujack and Woodruff
Published: 2010/01/22
Channel: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nile Kinnick Heisman Trophy Speech
Nile Kinnick Heisman Trophy Speech
Published: 2009/11/10
Channel: harty9184
Rare Footage: Johnny Lujack- Heisman Trophy Winner is Hilarious!
Rare Footage: Johnny Lujack- Heisman Trophy Winner is Hilarious!
Published: 2015/07/07
Channel: Jerry Smith
Johnny Deep - Ugly Duck (Original Mix)
Johnny Deep - Ugly Duck (Original Mix)
Published: 2017/09/03
Channel: LUCIDFLOW
Nadja Lind - Drifting Elements (Chris Lattner Rmx)
Nadja Lind - Drifting Elements (Chris Lattner Rmx)
Published: 2013/05/06
Channel: LUCIDFLOW
Fenwick High School – Own It!
Fenwick High School – Own It!
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: Fenwick High School
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Johnny Lattner
refer to caption
Lattner in Oak Park, Illinois 2004
No. 41
Position: Halfback
Personal information
Born: (1932-10-24)October 24, 1932
Chicago, Illinois
Died: February 12, 2016(2016-02-12) (aged 83)
Melrose Park, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Oak Park (IL) Fenwick
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

John Joseph "Johnny" Lattner (October 24, 1932 – February 12, 2016) was an American football player. While playing college football for the University of Notre Dame, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1953. He also won the Maxwell Award twice, in 1952 and 1953. Lattner played professionally for one season in the National Football League (NFL), with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1954.

Football career[edit]

Lattner starred in both football and basketball at Fenwick High School where he graduated in 1950.[1] Fenwick, along with other Chicago-area Catholic schools, was a training ground for Notre Dame and Big Ten football programs, and Lattner held offers from top college football programs across the country. He initially considered the University of Michigan because head coach Bennie Oosterbaan ran the single wing offense, a scheme that fit Lattner well at Fenwick. Lattner eventually chose Notre Dame, which offered a Catholic education and the highest level of competition.[2]

Lattner played halfback for the University of Notre Dame under head coach Frank Leahy from 1950 to 1953. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1953, and won the Maxwell Award twice, in 1952 and 1953. In 1953, the Irish went 9–0–1, finishing second to Maryland in the final Associated Press poll. Lattner rushed for 651 yards (averaging 4.9 yards per carry) and scored nine touchdowns, caught 14 passes for 204 yards, had four interceptions and tallied two touchdowns on only 10 kickoff returns.[3]

Lattner appeared on the cover of Time Magazine on November 9, 1953 with the caption "a bread and butter ball carrier", a phrase bestowed upon Lattner by Leahy.[4]

In 1954, Lattner was drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but played with them for only one season before entering the United States Air Force for two years. There, during a football game, he suffered a severe knee injury that prevented him from ever playing professional football again. Lattner's single season in Pittsburgh was a success, as he totaled over 1,000 all purpose yards on offense and special teams. As a result, he was named to the NFL 1954 Pro Bowl as a kick and punt returner.[5]

Lattner coached for a period in the late 1950s, at St. Joseph's High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the University of Denver.[6][7] His coaching career ended in 1961 when Denver cut its football program.[2]

Lattner was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.[3]

Personal[edit]

An Oak Park resident for most of his life, Lattner later lived in Melrose Park, Illinois and resided in Anna Maria Island, Florida during the winter months. He served as vice president of sales at PAL Graphics Inc. in Broadview, Illinois.[2]

Of Irish Catholic descent,[2] Lattner was a longtime participant in the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade, often carrying the banner of Saint Patrick.[8] The Chicago Tribune noted that nobody "out-Irished" Lattner, who also sports a kilt and green stockings for the festivities.[9]

In 1962, Lattner opened Johnny Lattner's Steakhouse on Madison Street in Chicago. An electrical fire in 1968 severely damaged the restaurant and claimed three lives. Lattner's Heisman Trophy was on display in the restaurant and was destroyed in the fire. Lattner sent the Downtown Athletic Club a check for $300 along with newspaper coverage of the fire and received a replacement.[10]

A fire four years earlier had ended better for Lattner. While driving home from work in the early morning of November 17, 1963, he spotted a fire in an apartment building on the West Side of Chicago. He called the fire department, then roused 25 residents from one of the buildings and carried a five-year-old girl to safety. He was credited with helping 40 people escape injury.[10] He operated a second restaurant at Marina City from 1968 to 1972.[2]

Lattner routinely rented out his Heisman Trophy to tailgates and other events with the proceeds donated to charity.[2][10] At halftime during Fenwick's 2007 game versus Hubbard at Soldier Field, Lattner's #34 jersey was retired.[11]

Lattner had 25 grandchildren, several of whom have also played football for Fenwick High School.[12] Robert Spillane, a class of 2014 graduate, plays football at Western Michigan University. Another grandson, Ryan Smith, also graduated from Fenwick in 2014 and plays football for Miami University.[13]

Lattner was 83 when he died from mesothelioma in his Melrose Park, Illinois home on February 12, 2016.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John J. Lattner '50 (biography) – Fenwick High School Online Community.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "John Lattner". Espn.go.com. 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Johnny Lattner Bio :: Notre Dame Football :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of Notre Dame Athletics". Und.com. 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  4. ^ "TIME Magazine Cover: John Lattner - Nov. 9, 1953". Time. 
  5. ^ "1954 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Lattner Appointed Assistant Coach". The Gettysburg Times. July 16, 1959. p. 4. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lattner wins Heisman". Today in ND History. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  8. ^ "It's Sure To Be A Fine Parade On St. Pat's Day, Begorra". Chicago Tribune. March 17, 1989. 
  9. ^ Dold, R Bruce (March 18, 1986). "St. Pat's Day Afloat In Politics". Chicago Tribune. 
  10. ^ a b c "Johnny Lattner: Still fourth and goal - Loop North News". Marinacityonline.com. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  11. ^ Lattner's jersey retired, chicagotribune.com, August 24, 2007.
  12. ^ "Spillane carries Lattner tradition at Fenwick". CSN Chicago. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  13. ^ Helfgot, Mike (September 14, 2013). "Sunday special". Chicago Tribune. 
  14. ^ Farmer, Marty. "Fenwick legend Johnny Lattner dies at 83," Wednesday Journal (Oak Park, IL), February 17, 2016.

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