John Cody
Hall of Fame Enshrinee Information
John Cody
Inducted: 2011

Years at Loras: 1968-1972
Sport: Football (Club)

  If the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 was the single most important modern professional football decision, the John Cody-Mike Runde merger was the single most important modern Loras College football decision.

Cody, a sophomore during the 1969-70 year (and his classes president in his first three years) and future two-year member of the Duhawks club football team, was quickly appointed chairman of the Club Football Committee in the cold, winter months of early 1970.

The younger Cody promptly took the ball and ran with it.

Cody attended an annual Club Football Convention in New York as the weather broke in the winter-spring transition of 1970 and led the committee which tackled the financial, coaching, health, equipment, and other logistical concerns associated with the renaissance.

By the end of the semester, Cody and friends had initiated a vote by the student body, petitioned the administration, and come up with concrete numbers to present. With a small increase in student fees by the then 1,400 members of the student body approved, Loras was able to reintroduce the Loras College community to football under the direction of head coach Don Hendricks on September 26, 1970 when they hosted St. Louis University in the Rock Bowl.

Cody now lives in Aurora, Illinois with his wife Darlene. He owns Irish Press printing company and is the proud father of three – Erin (Robinson), Adam, and Tim.