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February 23 in American Football History
1877 – College Football Hall of Fame guard “Big Bill” Edwards of Princeton (1896-1899) was born.
1914 – College Football Hall of Fame halfback Alex Moffat of Princeton (1881-1883) passed away.
1937 – College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne was born. Osborne played quarterback for Hastings College in the late 1950’s before being selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 222nd overall pick in the 19th round of the 1959 NFL Draft. He played one season for the 49ers before finishing up his career playing for the Washington Redskins for two seasons. He eventually returned to Nebraska and entered the coaching profession, and from 1973-1997, he served as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Under Osborne, Nebraska won three national championships (1994-1995, 1997) in a four-year span.
1957 – College Football Hall of Fame coach George Little passed away. Little played guard for three years (1909-1911) at Ohio Wesleyan before graduating and entering the coaching profession. He ultimately served as the head coach at Cincinnati (1914-1915), Miami of Ohio (1916, 1919-1921), Michigan (1924) and Wisconsin (1925-1926).
1990 – Former Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award winner Da’Quan Bowers of Clemson (2008-2010) was born. Bowers won both of the awards in 1990, and then was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 51st overall pick. He has played for the Buccaneers since 2011.
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