Don Miller (American football)

Don Miller
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1902-03-29)March 29, 1902
Defiance, Ohio
Died July 28, 1979(1979-07-28) (aged 77)
Cleveland, Ohio
Playing career
1922–1924 Notre Dame
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925–1928 Georgia Tech (backfield)
1929–1932 Ohio State (backfield)
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1923
All-American, 1924
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1970 (profile)

Don "Midnight" Miller (March 29, 1902 – July 28, 1979) was an American football player and coach. He was one of the famous "Four Horsemen" of the University of Notre Dame's backfield in 1924. Miller was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1970.

Miller's three brothers attended Notre Dame before him. The most famous of these being Red Miller, captain of the 1909 squad.

Notre Dame head coach Knute Rockne called Miller "the greatest open field runner I ever had."

After his playing career, he coached at several colleges, including Georgia Tech. He eventually decided to quit coaching and pick up his career in law, in which he was successful in the Cleveland area.[1] In 1925, he played professional football for the then-independent Hartford Blues.[2]

On February 5, 1957, Miller appeared on To Tell the Truth.

In 2002, the NCAA published "NCAA Football's Finest," researched and compiled by the NCAA Statistics Service.[3] For Miller they published the following statistics:

Year Carries Rushing
Average ReceptionsReceiving
Average TouchdownsPoints
1922 87 472 5.4 6 144 24.0530
1923 89 698 7.8 9149 16.61060
1924 107 763 7.1 16297 18.6742
Total 283 1933 6.8 31590 19.022132


  1. College Football Hall of Fame Profile
  2. Hogrogian, John (1982). "The Hartford Blues Part I" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 4 (8): 1–5.
  3. "NCAA Football's Finest" (PDF). NCAA. 2002. Retrieved 2010-07-02.

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