Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald Shares Where “Go Cats” Came From

George Ofman
August 28, 2018 - 8:09 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Ever wonder where “Go Cats” came from?

It’s the way Pat Fitzgerald ends every one of his interviews. It’s quite a story and central to part two of WBBM’s interview with the affable head coach of Northwestern’s Football program.

“The program was so down (when he replaced the late Randy Walker in 2006) I had to find a way to find some passion," said Pat Fitzgerald.

Clearly Fitzgerald did.

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The program has accomplished three 10-win seasons, been to eight bowl games in his 12 years as head coach and currently owns the longest winning streak (8) in the FBS. But can Northwestern win a national championship?

“We’ve been one win away!” Fitzgerald said.

That’s when Northwestern played in the Rose Bowl following a breakthrough 1995 season even though Fitzgerald couldn’t play because of a broken leg.

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Fitzgerald also discusses his three sons and whether he wants them to play football considering the hue and cry from some parents who are fearful of head injuries.

“I have serious concerns about it in all sports that my kids play. We’re very careful (he and his wife Stacy) and conscious. We’ve got to a great job as parents keeping a very diligent eye on the teaching, coaching and education in all sports they play," he said.