Parseghian spoke about having lost three grandchildren to Niemann-Pick Type C disease, which is a genetic disorder dealing with cholesteral storage. The former coach began the Ara Parseghian Medial Research Foundation to help find a cure, and he said it has raised more than $40 million.
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Alabama coach Bear Bryant lost two bowl games to Notre Dame when Parseghian coached the Irish, 24-23 in the Sugar Bowl on Dec. 31, 1973 and 13-11 in the Orange Bowl in Jan. 1, 1975. Bryant thought well of Parseghian. He revealed a bit about that in “Bear,” his 1974 biography.
He wrote this about that Sugar Bowl loss:
“I got a letter from Ara Parseghian shortly afterward, the only one I ever received from a coach who beat me. He said how much his group had enjoyed playing us, how wrong the impressions were beforehand. (They pictured us as a bunch of rednecks, and we had some thoughts about them, too.) He said how much everybody got out of the game, and how great it was for college football that now had a series going. It was very gracious, Ara’s letter. One I’d love to have written him.”