GEORGE C. GILMARTIN ('52) --- 1992 Inductee --- lettered three years in football.
Simply put, he was the field general during the most successful three-year period in Xavier football history. XU compiled an impressive 27-2-1 record during his three-year stint at quarterback, including the 1950 Salad Bowl victory.
Gilmartin completed 118 of 243 (48.6%) career passes for 1,957 yards. XU finished 10-1 (1949), 8-1 (1950), and 9-0-1 (1951) in his three seasons at Xavier. XU put together a ten-game win streak and another streak of 11-straight games without a loss during the three-year period.
Gilmartin was the field general for the biggest win in Xavier history, the 33-12 win over Arizona State in the 1950 Salad Bowl game.
He enjoyed his finest season as a senior in 1951, leading the Musketeers to an undefeated 9-0-1 record. Gilmartin hit 70 of 128 (54.7%) passes for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns. He led XU to victories over the Quantico Marines (12-7), St. Bonaventure (40-6), Miami of Ohio (32-14), Youngstown (48-0), Louisville (47-6), Dayton (20-0), John Carroll (41-0), Cincinnati (26-0), and Toledo (32-6).
The senior totals of 70 pass completions and 12 touchdown passes were school records. Although they have since been broken, these records show some of the impact of Gilmartin on XU's most successful three-year period ever.
After his graduation, Gilmartin was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He saw limited action with the Steelers before moving on to the Ottawa Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.