Longtime USC Football Statistician Ned Miller Dies At 73
Feb. 1, 2010
Ned Miller, who served as the official statistician at USC football games for the past 54 years, died on Sunday (Jan. 31) of cancer at his home in Northridge, Calif. He was 73.
Miller's funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 2) at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park (5950 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles 90068). Those wishing to make donations in Miller's name may do so to the USC Marshall School of Business.
Miller began working on USC's stat crew in the Coliseum press box in 1956 and became the head statistician in 1975.
Besides USC, he did the official stats at UCLA football games from 1978 to 1988, Los Angeles Rams games from 1976 to 1994 and the World Football League's Southern California Sun games in 1974. He also worked 5 Super Bowls
He was regarded as one of the nation's best football in-game statisticians. He never used a calculator or computer, instead calculating all the statistics in his head and then recording them by hand.
Over the years, he trained many assistants to work on his stat crew, including his wife, Lori, and several of his children. The tagline 'Official Statistics By Ned D. Miller & Staff' appeared on all USC post-game stat packages.
While working USC games, he recorded the statistics of 7 Heisman Trophy winners, 123 All-American first teamers and 7 national championship squads.
Miller, who attended USC, worked in sales and then property management.
He is survived by his wife, Lori, his 7 children (Pamela, Michelle, Dayna, Kimberly, Todd, Kirstin and Adam) and 10 grandchildren.