Athletes in the College Football Players Hall of Fame Part 3

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



A prime mover of Andy Smith's "Wonder Team" of 1920, end Brick Muller led his mates to a victory over the undefeated and untied Ohio State squad in the 1921 Rose Bowl and helped establish West Coast football when he took a lateral and heaved a celebrated 53-yard touchdown pass that broke the Buckeyes' back. He was the 1st player from the Far West to make the All American team (1921-1922).



He has been called the strongest man who ever played the game. A devastating fullback, some say he was even better at tackle, which he also played for the Gophers. He led the 1934 Minnesota team to 8 straight wins and helped them run up 270 points to 38 for their opponents.



Stanford had not beaten California in 8 tries when Ernie Nevers led the Indians onto the field in 1925. The big fullback handled the ball on every play except 3 and Stanford upset the Bears in the Big Game 27-14.



The kicking feats of this legendary Human Kangaroo seem like something out of a Walt Disney movie. A rugby trickster from Australia, Pat O'Dea could curve an 85-yd. punt and drop it in your hat. He recorded a punt of 110 yds., with the wind. He could drop-kick 50 yds. straight through the uprights and boom 60-yd. kicks from a dead run. Against Minnesota in 1899, he caught a punt, dodged a flying tackle and punted the ball back, straight through the goal posts 60 yds. away. The trick broke the Gophers' spirit.



Arthur Poe was the most renowned of a famous football family--the Poes of Princeton--and a grandnephew of the poet, Edgar Allan Poe. The 150-lb. end ruined Yale in 1898 when he picked up a fumble and scooted 95 yds. for the only score of the game and destroyed Eli hopes again in 1899 by drop-kicking a last-gasp field goal to give the Tigers a squeaky 11-10 win. It was the 1st drop kick he had ever attempted.


Carlisle Indian School

Named the greatest male athlete of the 1st 50 years of the century, Jim Thorpe played many great games for the tiny Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania in the 1908, 1911-1912 seasons. Against Dickinson, he racked up 17 points in 17 minutes. In one of his most memorable games, crippled though he was by a badly sprained ankle, Thorpe played almost the entire game against hated rival Harvard in 1911 and booted 4 field goals with the injured leg, one a 48-yarder, scored a touchdown, and accounted for all of Carlisle's points in an 18-15 victory.

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