Inducted 1951

Known as the "Kicking Kangaroo," Australian-born Pat O'Dea made his impact on American football while at the University of Wisconsin. Among O'Dea's feats were a 62-yard dropkick field goal against Northwestern in 1898, a 57-yard field goal against Illinois in 1899 and a 110-yard punt - the length of the field in those days -- in 1897 against Minnesota.
In four years at UW, O'Dea averaged 50 yards a punt. He also played fullback and defensive back. O'Dea also competed in track for the Badgers.
After graduation from UW, O'Dea coached Notre Dame for two seasons and Missouri for one. He took a crack at reporting during the Ben Hecht era in Chicago. O'Dea always maintained his interest in football and was a good friend of the legendary Pop Warner.