Athletes in the College Football Players Hall of Fame Part 1
About some of the players in the College Football Hall of Fame, bios, history, records, and achievements.
A Short Selection from the College Football Hall of Fame
Slingin' Sammy Baugh owned one of the great passing arms of all time. Spinning 30 and 40 passes a game, he gained almost 2 mi. through the air for the Horned Frogs and passed them to 2 Bowl triumphs during his 3 varsity seasons.
In 1969, a panel of football experts named Chuck Bednarik the greatest center of all time. Entering Penn after 30 combat missions as an aerial gunner in W.W. II, Chuck eschewed specialization and went both ways--offensive center and defensive linebacker. His Quakers had an undefeated season in 1947 and won 24 of 27 while he played.
"Little Boy Blue" may have been the most exciting of them all. In a storybook upset, Albie came off the bench in the 2nd quarter of Yale's duel with the Red Cagle-led Army team in 1929 and put on a show that Old Blues still brag about. Calling all the plays, he ran for 2 quick touchdowns and kicked the PATs that overcame Army's 13-0 lead. Then he caught a punt and threaded his way through every soldier on the field--70 yds. for the game-winning TD. He was only a sophomore.
JAMES CROWLEY, ELMER F. LAYDEN, HARRY STUHLDREHER, DON C. MILLER
Sportswriter Grantland Rice christened them the Four Horsemen. Not one of them weighed more than 170 lbs., but each could run and pass and they worked their tricky shifts, multiple exchanges, spins and laterals with the versatility of acrobats. In their final game together and one of their greatest, the Four Horsemen, behind the Seven Mules, met Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl for the national championship. The Indians' Ernie Nevers put on a powerful display but had 2 flat passes intercepted by Layden and run back for touch-downs. The Mules stopped Nevers inches short of the goal in the 4th quarter on a still-disputed call and Notre Dame went on to win 27-10.
Perhaps George Gipp's greatest day in football came after his death, even though he had many during his fantastic playing career. In 1928, a weak Irish team was being stopped by Army. During halftime, Knute Rockne told the team that Gipp had made 2 deathbed requests: to join the Catholic faith and that when the odds were going against the team and all seemed lost, for Rockne to ask them to "win one for the Gipper." This was the game, Rockne said. Notre Dame won 12-6.
In 1942, Otto set a Big Ten passing record with 89 completions in 182 tries and in 1943 he almost singlehandedly whipped Wisconsin by scoring 4 touchdowns, passing to a 5th and kicking 3 PATs. He scored on a run of 97 yards to help the College All Stars beat the Washington Redskins 27-7 in his final collegiate appearance.
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