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Donald Chester Grant (born February 22, 1892 in Defiance, Ohio; died July, 1985 in South Bend, Indiana) was an American football player, coach and sportswriter.

At a young age, Chet Grant took an active interest in South Bend athletics, particularly Notre Dame football, and at the age of eighteen he became the sports editor for the South Bend Tribune. Ten years later, he enrolled at the University of Notre Dame where he played forward for the basketball team and, in his late twenties, became the backup quarterback for Knute Rockne's football squad in 1920—the same year the legendary George Gipp died of complications from pneumonia. Under Grant's direction as the starting quarterback the following year, the team amassed a record of 10-1, with their only loss at undefeated Iowa.

Years later, Grant would return to coach the backfield for Elmer Layden's team from 1934-1940, and eventually would become a curator for the sports collections at the Notre Dame Archives.


  • Before Rockne at Notre Dame (1978), (ISBN 0-89651-050-6)


Preceded by
Joe Brandy
Notre Dame starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Frank Thomas


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