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Former Notre Dame football All-American David Casper was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Casper is the 44th former Irish player to be inducted into the Hall, and he is the fifth former Notre Dame player to be in the college and pro Halls of Fame. He joins Wayne Millner, George Connor, Paul Hornung and Alan Page in both.

Casper began his career with Notre Dame as a left tackle in 1971 and '72 before moving to tight end in 1973. He was a consensus All-American in 1973 and finished his Irish career with 21 catches for 335 yards and four touchdowns, with all but two of those receptions coming in '73.

Casper served as co-captain of the 1973 Notre Dame team that finished 11-0 and won the national title on a consensus basis after a 24-23 victory over top-rated and unbeaten Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Casper played 11 seasons in the NFL with Oakland (1974-80), Houston (1980-83), Minnesota (1983) and the Los Angeles Raiders (1984). He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.