Football Hero 'Chuckin' Charlie' O'Rourke Dies

Football Hero 'Chuckin' Charlie' O'Rourke Dies

As Boston College celebrated the achievements of scholar-athlete Mike Mottau this month [see separate story], it mourned the loss of one of its most storied sports legends: Charles O'Rourke, better known as "Chuckin' Charlie," who quarterbacked the BC football team to one of its most famous wins. O'Rourke died April 14 in Caritas Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton after a brief illness. He was 82.

It was O'Rourke's 24-yard run late in the fourth quarter which gave the Eagles a 19-13 victory over Tennessee in the 1941 Sugar Bowl, staking BC's claim to the national championship. A photo showing O'Rourke in mid-scamper became a staple of BC Athletic Association publications and materials.

O'Rourke, who went on to play professional football for eight seasons, was the first Boston College player inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

-Sean Smith

 

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