January 12: This Date in American Football History

Fritz Crisler

Everyday RoadTripSports.com celebrates the past, present and future of American football including birthdays, deaths, and important games and events that have occurred in the past through our daily feature This Date in American Football History. Get to know the legends of American football – the sport’s greatest heroes including players and coaches, and relive some of the greatest plays and moments in the game’s history.

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1895 – College Football Hall of Fame inaugural Class of 1951 member Bo McMillin was born. McMillin played quarterback for Centre (1917-1921). After college, he simultaneously played two games professionally for the NFL’s Milwaukee Badgers (1922) while serving as the head coach at Centenary in Shreveport, Louisiana. He continued with the Badgers the following year while also playing one game for the NFL’s Cleveland Indians and continuing his duties at Centenary. Starting in 1924, McMillin focused solely on his coaching career leading Centenary for one final season before taking over at Geneva (1925-1927). He then moved on to Kansas State (1928-1933) and Indiana (1934-1947) before getting a shot as a professional head coach with the Detroit Lions (1948-1950). He concluded his coaching career with a one-year stint as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (1951). While he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player, he also concluded his coaching career with a respectable record of 140-77-13 in the college ranks.

1899 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1954 member Fritz Crisler was born. Crisler played end for Chicago (1919-1921). After college, he immediately moved into the coaching ranks as an assistant at his alma mater before getting his first head coaching opportunity at Minnesota (1930-1931). A six-year stint (1932-1937) followed at Princeton before Crisler headed back west to lead the Michigan program (1938-1947). He retired from coaching with a record of 116-32-9.

1974 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1979 member Orin “Babe” Hollingbery died. Hollingbery never attended college, but he led the Washington State program to a 93-53-14 record during a 17-year stretch from 1926-1942.

1992 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1972 member Mort Kaer died. Kaer played halfback for USC (1924-1926). Five years after his college career ended, Kaer played for the Frankford Yellow Jackets during the franchise’s final season.


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