Peter Demmerle

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Peter Demmerle
No. 85
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Demmerle from the "Dome" (1975)
Born:September 6, 1953
Died:May 24, 2007(2007-05-24) (aged 53)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Career information
Position(s)Wide receiver
CollegeUniversity of Notre Dame
High schoolNew Canaan (CT)
Career history
As player
19721974Notre Dame
Career highlights and awards
Consensus All-American (1974)

Peter Kirk Demmerle (September 6, 1953 – May 24, 2007) was an American football player. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame as a wide receiver and was a consensus first-team All-American in 1974.[1]

Demmerle was a member of the national championship team of 1973 which defeated top-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. A year earlier, he scored Notre Dame's only touchdown in the Orange Bowl; he was selected in the thirteenth round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.[2]

Demmerle graduated from Fordham University School of Law and worked in the insurance practice group at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.[3] He died in 2007 at age 53, after an eight-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.[2][4]


  1. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Armstrong, Kevin (January 6, 2013). "Legacy of Notre Dame star Peter Demmerle, who died of Lou Gehrig's disease, will be rekindled with BCS championship vs. Alabama on horizon". New York Daily News.
  3. ^ "Death Notice for Peter K. Demmerle". The New York Times. May 30, 2007.
  4. ^ "Former Notre Dame Football Great Pete Demmerle Passes Away, After Eight-Year Battle With Lou Gehrig's Disease". CBS Interactive. May 27, 2007.

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