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March 1 in American Football History*
1883 – College Football Hall of Fame end Tom Shevlin of Yale was born. Shevlin attended the Hill School (Pottstown, PA) before enrolling at Yale and playing for the Bulldogs from 1902-1905. He was elected as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame’s second class in 1954 and passed away on December 29, 1915, at the age of 32.
1884 – College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Vince Stevenson of Penn was born. Stevenson attended high school at University Preparatory School (Ithaca, NY) and Bordentown (NJ) Military Academy before enrolling at Penn. Noted for his small size (5-foot-10, 148 pounds), he, nevertheless, played for the Quakers in 1904-1905. He then played for the Canton Bulldogs in 1906, an early professional team in the Ohio League that would eventually be a charter member of the National Football League in 1920. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 1968 after passing away on August 7, 1962, at the age of 78.
1959 – College Football Hall of Fame halfback Albie Booth of Yale passed away at the age of 51. Born on February 1, 1908, Booth attended high school at Hillhouse (New Haven, CT) and Milford (CT) Academy. He then played for Yale from 1929-1931. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 1966.
1961 – Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier was born. Rozier attended high school at Woodrow Wilson (Camden, NJ) before spending his freshman year in 1980 at Coffeyville (KS) Community College to get his grades up. He then enrolled at Nebraska playing three years (1981-1983) for the Cornhuskers. At the conclusion of his senior season in 1983, he won all of college football’s top awards for player of the year and most valuable player including the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award. In June of 1984, he was selected by the Houston Oilers with the second overall pick of the 1984 NFL supplemental draft of USFL and CFL players – a draft for players who had already signed contracts to play for the USFL or the CFL. Rozier had signed with the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers for the 1984 season, and he spent the spring of 1985 playing for the upstart league’s Jacksonville Bulls. He then began his NFL career in the fall of 1985 joining the Oilers before being traded to the Atlanta Falcons three games into the 1990 season. He retired from the NFL following the 1991 season, and in 2006, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
1962 – Florida head coach Jim McElwain was born. McElwain attended high school at Sentinel (Missoula, MT) and then played quarterback at Eastern Washington from 1980-1983. He then began his coaching career as an assistant at Eastern before eventually landing his first head coaching job at Colorado State in 2012. After three years with the Rams, he was offered the head coaching job at Florida in 2015.
*1972 – College Football Hall of Fame halfback Tom Davies of Pittsburgh passed away on February 29, 1972. Davies attended high school at Aliquippa (PA) and Kiski Prep (Saltsburg, PA) before starring for the Panthers from 1918-1921. He then entered the coaching profession and ultimately served as the head coach at Geneva (1923), Allegheny (1924-1925), Rochester (1926-1934), St. Thomas/Scranton (1937-1939) and Western Reserve (1941-1947). Davies was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.
*1992 – Butkus Award winner Eric Kendricks was born on February 29, 1992. Kendricks attended high school at Fresno (CA) Hoover before signing with UCLA in 2010. He redshirted that fall as a freshman before playing for the Bruins from 2011-2014. He won the 2014 Butkus Award at the conclusion of his senior season, and then was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 45th overall pick. He made his NFL debut that fall.
* – February 29 events are also included on this date and identified as such
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