Ed and his older brother Vince 1952
Ed Ziegler grew up at 1011 Ann Street in the west end of Newport, Kentucky near the Ohio River. He often played pick up street football and later played in the organized city little league and as a running back for his grade school, the Corpus Christi “Mugs,” in the Northern Kentucky parochial school league.
At Newport Catholic during the years 1962-1966, Ed became a star performer in three sports, football, track, and wrestling- earning three (3) letters in track, three letters (3) in football, and one (1) letter in wrestling. In his one year in wrestling under coach Brother Josephus, Ed once pinned an opponent in 12 seconds, He wrestled at 195 lbs in the heavyweight unlimited division. In track, he participated in three events, the discus, the shot put, and the 880 yard relay. In his senior year under coach Charlie Fredericks, he led the New Cath track team to the 1966 Ninth Region Championship and to the final State track championship meet in Lexington, setting school records in all three events.
In football, Ed co-captained, with Mike Sheridan, the 1965 New Cath team, leading the team to its first State Distrct and Regional Football Championships, the school’s first winning football season, and it’s first ever # 1 state football rating during the season. Ed played linebacker on defense and running back on offense. His play attracted the attention of colleges throughout the nation.
Newport Central Catholic “The School on the Hill”
Newwport Catholic 12 Highlands 0
Ed Ziegler 205 yards rushing
October 22, 1965 “Game of the Century in Norhtern Kentucky”
During Ed’s 1965 senior year in football, he scored 130 points- running, passing, and kicking. He rushed for 1832 yards on 265 attempts with a 6.9 yd avg. Some of his iindividual statistics are still in the New Cath football record books. Ed received the following awards for his football performance- all were “first in time” for a New Cath footballer.
First Team All-State (Lexington Herald Leader)
First Team All-State (Louisville Courier Journal)
First Team All-State (Associated Press)
All South (Orlando Sentinel)
All-American (Coach and Athlete Magazine)
Captain, Kentucky East Football All-Star Squad
Ed received football scholarship offers from vitually every major college in the counrty, including all three military academies, Ivy league schools, and colleges in every major football conference in the country. He accepted a football sholarship from the University of Notre Dame where he played during the 1966-1969 seasons. Here is a link for info on his college football career. http://edzieglernotredamefootball.com He later went to law school and became one of the country’s leading legal scholars and a distinguished law professor. http://edwardziegler.com/
Ed Ziegler is still considered by many to be one of the finest high-school running backs ever to be recurited out of the state of Kentucky. In 1994, Ed was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Athletic Director’s High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted as a charter member of Newport Central Catholic’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Ed Ziegler signs with Notre Dame 1966
Ed Ziegler #32 Notre Dame against Southern Cal.
Ed Ziegler #32 Notre Dame scores TD against Georgia Tech
Ed Ziegler Notre Dame scores TD against Tulane
Ed Ziegler’s 1969 Notre Dame football season highlights on You Tube