March 3: This Date in American Football History

Yale - Art Howe
Yale’s Art Howe

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March 3 in American Football History

1890 – College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Art Howe of Yale was born. He attended high school at South Orange (NJ) and the Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT) before enrolling at Yale and playing for the Bulldogs from 1909-1911. He passed away on March 28, 1955, at the age of 65 and was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

1917 – College Football Hall of Fame center Carl Hinkle of Vanderbilt was born. He attended high school at Hickman (Centerville, TN) and Battle Ground Academy (Franklin, TN) before enrolling at Vanderbilt and playing for the Commodores from 1935-1937. He was then drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 11th round of the 1938 NFL Draft with the 92nd overall pick. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959, and passed away on November 15, 1992, at the age of 75.

1962 – Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker of Georgia was born. He attended high school at Johnson County (Wrightsville, GA) before enrolling at Georgia and playing three years (1980-1982) for the Bulldogs. As a freshman, he helped lead the Bulldogs to the national championship while setting a record for rushing yards by a freshman with 1,616 yards. He finished third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, and then finished as the runner-up as a sophomore in 1981. He finally won the Heisman at the conclusion of his junior season in 1982, and he also picked up the Maxwell Award that season. Walker then chose to forego his final season at Georgia and signed with the New Jersey Generals of the upstart USFL. He ultimately played three years (1983-1985) for the Generals before the league folded prior to the 1986 season. The Dallas Cowboys had the foresight to draft Walker in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft with the 114th overall pick, and when the USFL folded, he joined the Cowboys. He ultimately played in Dallas for three full seasons (1986-1988) before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings during the 1989 season. He spent two more seasons in Minnesota (1990-1991) before spending three years with the Philadelphia Eagles (1992-1994) followed by a year with the New York Giants (1995). Walker returned to Dallas for the final two years (1996-1997) of his career before retiring. Walker was then inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.


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