January 13: This Date in American Football History

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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.

Then be sure to check out our Legends Library for historical profiles on the game’s greats or research your favorite schools or players in our databases for College Football Hall of Fame inductees, All-Americans and major award winners. Or take a moment to explore the various branches of the internet’s most complete coaching tree!

You can also follow your favorite teams here as well by selecting the appropriate division on our College Football Teams page or by locating your favorite professional team page. Team pages for all divisions of college football are available including NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and CIS (Canada). Also, independent team and club team pages are available including teams holding associate membership in the USCAA and NCCAA.


1907 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1969 member Gerald Mann was born. Mann played quarterback for SMU (1925-1927).

1966 – Butkus Award 1987 winner Paul McGowan was born. McGowan played linebacker for Florida State (1984-1987). McGowan was drafted in the ninth round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings but was cut during training camp. He was then signed by the Cleveland Browns in 1989, but was cut during preseason. He ultimately played two seasons for the World League of American Football’s Birmingham Fire (1991-1992) and five seasons for the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators (1993-1997).

1970 – Current Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was born. Bielema played as a defensive lineman for Iowa (1989-1992). He then played one season professionally for the Arena Football League’s Milwaukee Mustangs (1994) before entering the coaching profession. He got his first opportunity as a head coach when Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez retired and moved into the athletic director role. Bielema was then hired to be the Badgers’ next head coach serving in the role for seven years (2006-2012). He left to become the head coach at Arkansas, a role he has filled since 2013.

1985 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1965 member Brud Holland died. Holland played end for Cornell (1936-1938).

1985 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1968 member Adam Walsh died. Walsh played Center for Notre Dame (1922-1924). After college, Walsh moved immediately into coaching starting as the head coach at Santa Clara (1925-1928). After several years as an assistant, he then served as the head coach at Bowdoin (1935-1942). World War II led to the suspension of Bowdoin’s program, but Walsh then took over as the head coach of the NFL’s Cleveland Rams. In his first season as coach which was also the team’s final season in Cleveland, Walsh led the Rams to the NFL title by beating the Washington Redskins, 15-14, in the championship game. He moved with the team to Los Angeles in 1946, his second and final season as the team’s head coach before returning to Bowdoin and the college coaching ranks for the remainder of his career (1947-1958). He retired as a coach with a record of 80-85-11 in college and 15-5-1 in the NFL.

2002 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1977 member Bob MacLeod died. MacLeod played halfback for Dartmouth (1936-1938). MacLeod was then drafted in the first round of the 1939 by the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers. He ended up playing in nine games that fall for the Chicago Bears in his only season as a pro.


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