June 26, 2006
Former football Academic All-American Bob Burger, an offensive lineman for the Irish from 1977-80, will be inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Burger will be inducted at the annual CoSIDA workshop on July 5, 2006 in Nashville, Tenn. He will be joined by fellow inductees Hilarie Cranmer (Hofstra, Women's Basketball), Mike Gminski (Duke, Men's Basketball), Timothy Green (Syracuse, Football), and Joseph Taylor (Haverford, Men's Soccer).
Burger becomes the fifth Notre Dame graduate to be inducted to the Hall of Fame, joining former football players Robert Thomas (a 1996 inductee), Dave Casper (1993), and Joe Theismann (1990), along with men's basketball player John Paxson, who was a member of last year's class. Burger's induction also ties Notre Dame with UCLA for the most members of the Hall of Fame at five.
Berger was a first team Academic All-America selection as a starting offensive guard for the Irish in 1980. Berger walked on to the team in 1977 to be a part of that season's national championship, before monogramming from 1978-80 and receiving a scholarship his junior and senior years.
In addition to being named an Academic All-American in '80, Burger won the National Dolly Cohen Award from the National Football Foundation for football scholar athlete-of-the-year and Notre Dame's Byron V. Kanaley Award for the "senior monogram athletes who have been most exemplary as both students and leaders." Burger received a National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame Scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, from which he graduated in the top third of his class in 1985.