Born: Dec. 8, 1905 in Beaumont, Texas
Died: March 22, 1991
Christie Flanagan graduated from Port Arthur High School in 1923 where he played varsity football. Although he didn't make All-State, he was considered one of the best players to come out of Texas in the 1920s. In 1923 he was a walk-on at Notre Dame. However, the famed "Four Horsemen" were seniors, and Flanagan was red-shirted by Coach Knute Rockne. Flanagan's first season as a varsity starter was in 1925. His first game was against Baylor. Notre Dame beat Baylor 41-0, and Flanagan became famous.
The following season, Flanagan made his legendary run against Army in Yankee Stadium. He ran 63 yards for a touchdown on the "perfect play," and not a hand touched him on the way to the end zone. The game was the first successful football broadcast on coast to coast radio. Sport writer Grantland Rice, who named the “Four Horsemen” dubbed Flanagan the "Lone Horseman."
In 1927, he played against USC on Soldier Field in Chicago before a crowd of 128,000 people, the largest crowd ever to watch a football game. Flanagan led Notre Dame in rushing all three of his varsity years, rushing for a total of 1,822 yards. This still ranks eleventh on the school's all-time list, even with the numerous changes in college football. His average per carry (6.4 yards) remains the second highest in the school's history.
Flanagan graduated in 1928 and moved on to coaching. He coached at Purdue from 1929 - 1930, and the Boilermakers won the Big Ten championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Flanagan eventually returned to Port Arthur at the request of his father to work in the family shipping business. He passed away in 1991.