Dan Novakov to serve as Catholic Bowl III Honorary Chairman
August 19, 2023
When Dan Novakov was playing high school football at Cincinnati Moeller under Gerry Faust he
never dreamed he would one day be Chairman of the legendary Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
Nor did he know he would be the starting center for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when they
defeated the Texas Longhorns in that same event in 1971, ending the 31-game winning streak
of the Austin team. Even more far-fetched was that he would be honored by the Dallas Catholic
Foundation in 2022 along with his Dallas-native wife, Lydia, having met while attending the
University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College. All of this has come true for this dedicated
attorney, whose son Daniel is the most successful coach in the TAPPS league these days.
Catholic Bowl producer Patrick Steenberge, former teammate of Novakov at Notre Dame
comments, “What an honor to have Dan lend his name and presence to this noteworthy
showcase, now in its third year. It will be especially fun for me to share the day of high school
action with him, allowing us to enjoy time together talking memories, family and our Catholic
On Saturday, September 9 Dan will add another positive accolade to his civic-oriented life when
he serves as Honorary Chair of the Catholic Bowl III, a doubleheader played at the Ford Center
in Frisco, Texas. The event celebrates Faith, Freedom and Football and is always played the
closest Saturday to 9-11, the tragedy where nearly 2,000 Americans died.
The 3 pm game will feature Nolan Catholic High School hosting St. Edmund High School of
Eunice, Louisiana. The nightcap at 7 pm matchup will be fascinating as John Paul II of Plano
welcomes Sacred Heart School of Muenster. The Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth are the
major sponsors of the Catholic Bowl again, pleased to promote Catholic Education and
Athletics, powerful tenets of the Church mission.
Tickets to the Catholic Bowl III are now available:
Global Football Foundation