Bob Organ - Inductee - 2009

Bob Organ earned all-state honors in 1989 and 1990 in football and was a member of the Detroit News Blue-Chip team signifying the best 11 players in Michigan. He was also listed as one of the top 100 prep players in the nation by Street & Smith magazine. His junior year he caught 13 passes for 215 yards and five touchdowns and Ludington, which was 9-1, was champion of the Seaway Conference. The Orioles lost in the opening round of the playoffs to eventual state runner-up DeWitt by a score of 8-6. Ludington was 6-3 his senior season during which he caught 18 passes for 248 yards and rushed for 136 yards on 17 carries, scoring six touchdowns. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, he was a load to handle on offense and defense. As a basketball player, he averaged 20.6 points and 13 rebounds a game and helped Ludington go 19-7 and reach the state quarterfinals in 1990. In baseball, one of his home runs cleared the old right field fence at Oriole Field, a poke of 400-plus feet. He earned all-conference honors in all three sports and was the first Mason County football and basketball player to play in the coaches' association all-star games in both sports. Organ received a full-ride scholarship to Michigan State University where he played fullback as a freshman. Possessing strength, speed, stamina and great hands, Organ played tight end in his last three seasons, starting as a junior and senior. He also served as the Spartans' long snapper and lettered all four years. His best year was 1993, when, as a junior, he was future NFL quarterback Jim Miller's go-to guy, catching 33 passes for 306 yeards. As a senior he finished his college career with a grand total of 47 receptions for 450 yards. After college, Organ had a free-agent tryout with the Cleveland Browns during which he was injured. He later played for the Albany Firebirds of the Areana Football League and ended his career playing in a Spanish league. He is currently the head football coach at Oak Park & River Forest High School in Illinois.