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'''Elmer Francis Layden''' (May 4, 1903 – June 30, 1973) was an [[American football]] player, coach, college athletics administrator, and professional sports executive. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame where he starred at [[Fullback|fullback]] as a member of the legendary "[[Four Horsemen (American football)|Four Horsemen]]" backfield. Layden played in the [[National Football League]] (NFL) in 1925 and 1926 with three different clubs, the [[Hartford Blues]], the [[Brooklyn Horsemen]], and the [[Rock Island Independents]]. He began his coaching career during the same two seasons at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, now known as Loras College. Layden then served as the head coach at [[Duquesne University]] from 1927 to 1933 and at his alma amter, Notre Dame, from 1934 to 1940, where he also held the position of [[athletic director]]. From 1941 to 1946, Layden was the commissioner of the NFL. He was inducted into the [[College Football Hall of Fame]] as a player in 1951.
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'''Elmer Francis Layden''' (May 4, 1903 – June 30, 1973) was an [[American football]] player, coach, college athletics administrator, and professional sports executive. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame where he starred at [[Fullback|fullback]] as a member of the legendary "[[Four Horsemen (American football)|Four Horsemen]]" backfield. Layden played in the [[National Football League]] (NFL) in 1925 and 1926 with three different clubs, the [[Hartford Blues]], the [[Brooklyn Horsemen]], and the [[Rock Island Independents]]. He began his coaching career during the same two seasons at Columbia College in [[Dubuque, Iowa]], now known as [[Loras College]]. Layden then served as the head coach at [[Duquesne University]] from 1927 to 1933 and at his alma amter, Notre Dame, from 1934 to 1940, where he also held the position of [[athletic director]]. From 1941 to 1946, Layden was the commissioner of the NFL. He was inducted into the [[College Football Hall of Fame]] as a player in 1951.
   
 
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| conf = Independent
 
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| startyear = 1934
 
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