Inducted 1955

Charles "Gus" Dorais often is credited for inventing the forward pass when he faded back and threw one to a Notre Dame teammate in a 1913 game. Dorais of Chippewa Falls gained nationwide attention for the pass that helped the Irish beat powerful Army.
But, Dorais, who stood only 5-7 and weighed 145 pounds, had many other accomplishments. He captained the Notre Dame team that also included Knute Rockne, as player.
After graduation from college, Dorais coached at Loras College, Notre Dame and the University of Detroit, where he also served as athletic director. He coached the College All Stars to an upset of the Green Bay Packers in 1937. Dorais also coaches the Detroit Lions in the NFL from 1943-47.