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Forrest "Fod" Cotton

Inducted 1997

Elgin High School Class of 1919


A lineman on the Elgin High School varsity, who graduated in 1919, Cotton
went on to play three seasons at Notre Dame under Knute Rockne. He was a
third—string tackle in 1920, a second—string lineman in 1921, and a starter
on the 1922 Fighting Irish team that went 8—1—1. Notre Dame posted a
27—2—1 record in his three seasons there. In 1922 he blocked for the
eventual legendary "Four Horsemen" (Elmer Layden, Jim Crowley, Don
Miller and Harry Stuhldreher) who were sophomores at the time. He went
on to play professional football in the NFL with the Rock Island
Independents (1923—25), and coached at St. Ambrose College and Catholic