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Nov. 12, 2022

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Page 52 of 55 NOV. 12, 2022 53 Huarte's 10-game totals were remark- able: 114 completions in 205 attempts for 2,062 yards and 16 touchdowns, shat- tering the ND passing record by more than 600 yards. Snow gathered in 60 of those passes for 1,114 yards and 9 scores. Huarte was voted winner of the Heisman Trophy, edging quarterback Jerry Rhome of Tulsa, with Illinois linebacker Dick Butkus finishing third. Noted the Scholastic: "Huarte's story is perhaps the most remarkable of any Heisman winner's. Never had the winner been so unheralded before the season be- gan, never had a non-monogram holder won the award. John Huarte came from nowhere, from 45 minutes' playing time, to become the winner of the nation's most coveted collegiate laurel. His accomplish- ment symbolized the rags-to-riches rise of the entire Notre Dame team." In 2005, John's feats were recognized with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. After an eight-year NFL career, Hua- rte returned to Southern California and in 1977, he decided to focus his leader- ship and team-building skills on a new business endeavor. He took a leap and signed a lease on the back of a cardboard box, opening the first Arizona Tile loca- tion in San Diego. Today, with about 1,000 employees — nearly half of whom have been with the company for more than a decade, and many who have been with the company since the beginning — Arizona Tile of- fers unparalleled customer service and products from around the world and has become one of the leading tile and slab distributors in the United States. Family life is important to John and his wife, Eileen, who have been blessed with five children and 14 grandchildren. John is also involved with several phil- anthropic organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. John's Health Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif. On Nov. 25, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, John Huarte will receive the Rockne LIV- ING LEGEND Award at the 2022 Knute Rockne Spirit of Sports Awards Cel- ebration. For more information, please visit: ✦ Jim Lefebvre is an award-winning Notre Dame author and leads the Knute Rockne Memorial Society. He can be reached at: Huarte was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. After Notre Dame, he had an eight- year NFL career before returning home to become a successful businessman in Southern California as owner, founder and CEO of Arizona Tile. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS The Knute Rockne Memorial Society Presents 2022 Knute Rockne Spirit of Sports Awards Celebra on Friday, Nov. 25 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Grand Cathedral Ballroom Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles The day before the Figh ng Irish meet USC at the Coliseum, we'll gather at the Cathedral to celebrate nearly a century of Notre Dame football in southern California. Join us by reserving your spot at 2022 Honorees Legacy Award Families of Glen Carberry and Tom Lieb, Class of 1923 Living Legend Award John Huarte '65 Communicator Award Bill Dwyre '66 Champion Award John Carney '87 Humanitarian Award Karen Phelps Moyer '87 Inspira on Award Alex Montoya '96 Trailblazer Award Dr. Carrie Has ngs '98 Leadership Award Kory Minor '99 Courage Award Joey Getherall '01

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