Former Sugar Bowler Gene Goodreault from Boston College Passes Away park
Gene Goodreault, a former Boston College star and a member of the Eagles' 1941 Sugar Bowl-winning squad, passed away on July 13 after a long illness. He was 92 years old. Goodreault was one of five College Football Hall of Famers from the Boston College squad which defeated Tennessee, 19-13, in the 1941 Sugar Bowl Classic to cap a perfect season. In addition to the five Hall of Fame players, the team was coached by further College Football Hall of Famer Frank Leahy.
A consensus All-America end for the Eagles, Goodreault had his jersey retired by Boston College in 2001. He was named the top football player in New England after his senior season and also led helped the Eagles to their first bowl appearance in history – a slot in the 1940 Cotton Bowl.
Since the establishment of the Sugar Bowl in 1935, the New Orleans classic has featured 121 future members of the College Football Hall of Fame (77 players, 44 coaches). From the most recent class of Hall of Fame inductees (2010), the Sugar Bowl added two more alums: former Arkansas star Ronnie Caveness and former Alabama coach Gene Stallings.