FORMER GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL and University of Notre Dame quarterback Rick Mirer is shown with his family during Indiana Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Friday night in South Bend. In front, from left, are sons Charlie 4, Oliver 7 and Morrison 9. Rick’s wife is Stephanie. The family lives in the San Diego area.

Among the tens of thousands of boys who have played Indiana high school football, Rick Mirer is now officially one of the best.

The 1989 Goshen High School graduate was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame on Friday night at St. Hedwig Memorial Center in South Bend.

“This is a great honor for me,” Mirer said.

Rick’s father, Ken Mirer, who coach Goshen from 1974-84 to an 81-36 record, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.

“It’s a family affair now since Dad is already a member,” the younger Mirer said.

Ken Mirer coach the Goshen Redskins to the Class AA state championship in 1978.

“The hardest thing for me to accept is the number of years that have gone by,” Ken Mirer said. “This is a great honor for Rick.”

Also inducted into the Hall from Northern Indiana were WNDU sports anchor Jeff Jeffers, former Penn High School assistant coach Don Monhaut, former Notre Dame assistant coach Tom Pagna, former South Bend Washington standout Carlis Phillips Sr. and former South Bend Adams and Notre Dame player Anthony Johnson.

As a senior quarterback at GHS, Mirer completed 259 of 420 passes for 3,973 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for nearly 500 yards and 22 TDs.

The Redskins capped an undefeated season by defeating Franklin Central in the Hoosier Dome at Indianapolis for the Class 4A state championship.

“We were such a tight team, more like a family,” Mirer said about the 1988 Redskins.

“Not all football teams are like that. I still keep in contact with some of the guys. Mike Moon is here tonight. Corey Guilfoos just became a high school coach in the Los Angeles area. Rich Perrin lives in Australia. We have all gone our separate ways, but we can still pick back up where we left off.

“In the 20 years I played football that is the only championship I won.”

Mirer went on the play for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame where he guided the Irish to a 29-7-1 record, including two bowl victories as a starter.

In his first start as a sophomore, he led the Irish to a come-from-behind victory over Michigan and was shown scoring a TD on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

As a junior in 1991, he tossed a then ND record 18 TD passes. He completed his ND career with 41 TD passes.

One of his fantastic finishes at ND was rallying the team from a seven-point deficit in the well known “Snow Bowl” in 1992 against Penn State.

“I remember that game well,” Rick told a fan who had asked him to autograph a photo from the contest.

Mirer was drafted second overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1993 NFL draft. He started every game his rookie season, setting NFL rookie records for passing attempts, completions and yards.

During his 12-year NFL career, he played for the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.

“I don’t really miss playing. I miss the guys that I played with,” he said. “It was a good ride and I don’t feel cheated one bit. I had good years and walked away from the game healthy.”

Mirer was introduced by his GHS coach Randy Robertson (1985-92).

“The statistics of Rick’s career only say so much,” Robertson said. “As a player for us he was the best. He started at quarterback, played free safety on defense and did the kicking. He did about everything you could possibly do on the football field.

“But one of the things that stands out most to me was the fact that he never missed one practice during the season or one summer workout.

“A player of his stature could have said I don’t feel like practicing or I don’t feel like going to summer workouts. They will still play me. It would have been easy for Rick to do that, but it was important for him to be a part of the team. He wanted to be a teammate. He never wanted to be the star, but he was one.”

Rick and his wife Stephanie live in southern California. The couple has three sons — Morrison (9), Oliver (7) and Charlie (4).

Rick keeps busy these days coaching the boys in little league baseball and Pop Warner football.

“By coaching I now appreciate the time that my Dad put into it,” he said. “I’m coaching 9-year boys and have my hands full. I can’t imagine what it was like for him.”

Mirer says he spends a lot of time playing golf and that he is looking at a couple of business ventures.

“I don’t want to do anything to take time away from my family,” he said.

Robertson agreed that family is important to Mirer.

“Rick told me he wants to be the Dad to take the kids to a ball game,” he said. “If there is a school play at 2 o’clock in the afternoon he wants to be the father that is there.”

Dying his acceptance speech, Rick joked about the fact that Robertson replaced his Dad as the GHS coach.

“That might have been the best thing that happened to me,” he said. “Dad had about six passing plays in his offense. Randy had about 500. Then when I went to Notre Dame I went back to six.”

Due to a prior commitment, Holtz was not able to attend but he sent a letter about the inductees with ND connections.

“Rick is a winner in every phase of life. He had several comeback wins for us and when Rick was under center, I always felt we had a chance to win.”

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