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May 25, 2002

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) _ Creighton Miller, a former Notre Dame halfback and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has died at his apartment in this Cleveland suburb. He was 79.

Miller was found Friday morning by relatives. A cause of death was not available. The Cuyahoga County coroner was to perform an autopsy.

Miller played at Notre Dame from 1941-43. He was fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1943, leading the nation with 911 yards rushing and scoring 13 touchdowns as the Fighting Irish won the national championship.

Miller’s father, Harry ``Red″ Miller, was the Irish’s 1908 team captain. Four of his uncles also played at Notre Dame, including Don Miller, one of the fabled Four Horsemen, and Ray T. Miller, who later became mayor of Cleveland.

Miller was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. He also was a member of the first Cleveland Browns coaching staff in 1946 before going to law school at Yale.

In 1956, he agreed to help NFL players form a players association, and worked as a lawyer in Cleveland for many years.

He is survived by a brother, Thomas of Atlanta, and a sister, Maureen Weigant of Chicago.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Shaker Heights.

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