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He is noted for bringing Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football program from years of futility back into a national contender in and is widely regarded alongside Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy as a part of the "Holy Trinity" of Notre Dame head coaches. Parseghian grew up in Akron, Ohio , and played football beginning in his junior year of high school. He enrolled at the University of Akron , but soon quit to join the U. Navy for two years during World War II. After the war, he finished his college career at Miami University in Ohio, and went on to play halfback for the Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference in and Cleveland won the league championship both of those years. Parseghian's playing career was cut short by a hip injury.