Don Elser was one of the greatest high school athletes in Indiana history. He set records in track and was All-State in football and basketball. He received 12 letters from participating in football, basketball, and track.  At Notre Dame University, Elser lettered  in football (3), basketball (3), and track (1).  He was an Honorable Mention All-American in football and  played in 1936 Chicago Tribune All-Star Football Game. Elser played professional football one year with The Boston Shamrocks in 1937 and briefly  played professional basketball for Toledo in the National Basketball League. He served as a Big Ten basketball and football official for twenty years. In 1958, he received the Official of the Year Award by the Knute Rockne Club of Kansas City, Kansas.


DON ELSER Height: 6:04 Weight: 215 College: Notre Dame’36
Donald Lewis Elser Born:  Aug 4, 1913 Died:  Dec 19, 1968 Hometown: Gary, In.
Played Professional Football REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1933-34 Notre Dame College
1934-35 Notre Dame College
1935-36 Notre Dame College
1941-42 Toledo NBL 6 10 7 27 4.5
1942-45 Military Service
1946-47 Gary Ingots Indep
1947-48 Boston NEBL 11 26 17 69 6.3
Major League Totals 6 10 7 27 4.5
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