John's Notre Dame TeamatesJohn Panelli played with some of the very best college football player's ever to play the game. Here's what John's teammates and contemporaries had to say about him:
“He did a fantastic job. The “39” fake to halfback, lateral to fullback, around the right around the end …I was in awe, once he got going the ends couldn't stop him."
“When Panelli hit the line, they were hit. He was “tough” in the best sense of the word. He wouldn't back down from anything. He could gallop with the best of them. If anyone got in his way they were knocked down. He played under the best and he was the best. He gave us many thrills on the football field. He was also the kind of guy you could talk to. He didn't have a big head.
“He was 100% when he went into the game. Off the field he was a regular guy—one hell of a good friend. He was a very determined individual.”
“You could always count on him to do his absolute best. He was a hard nose player.”
“He did it all. He blocked well. He ran well and he played defense. He could really run.”
“Of all the things that John did well, I loved to see him play linebacker. He had a great sense of timing… when and where he stick his helmet in the face or chest of an opponent. He was a damn good hitter.”
“He was one of the better blocking backs I have ever seen. When he went out to get an end, that end was going to fall. He was highly respected by his teammates and well liked.”
“He was one hell of a fullback. John could make that lateral to fullback around the end really work. He was always there. Even when he dislocated his elbow during a game, he was back in a short time later. A good friend too.”
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