Michael J. Donahue
Class of 1969

Category: Football

Born: 1879
Died: 1958
Birthplace: County Kerry, Ireland

Michael J. Donahue was born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1879. As a Yale University athlete, he starred in football, basketball, boxing, track and cross-country running. In 1904 he went to Auburn to coach football. In his 19 years as head football coach, the Tigers had a record of 101-37-5. They were undefeated 4 years, lost one game only in two years and were 4 time Southern Champions between 1904 and 1922. Mike was one of the first coaches to install the forward pass in southern football, using it against Sewanee on October 26, 1906, at West End Park in Birmingham. He was the first coach or player from Auburn to be enshrined in the National Football Hall of Fame. He passed away in 1958.

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