January 15: 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.


1892 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1975 member Hobey Baker was born. Baker played quarterback and punt returner for Princeton (1911-1913).

1898 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1956 member Dutch Meyer was born. Meyer played end for TCU (1916-1917, 1920-1921). After graduation, he entered the coaching profession serving as a long-time assistant at his alma mater before getting a chance to serve as the Horned Frogs head coach from 1934 to 1952. He was elected to the Hall of Fame as a coach after posting a career record of 109-79-13.

1941 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 member Ted Kissinger was born. Kessinger played center and linebacker for Augustana (SD). He entered the coaching profession after college eventually getting the opportunity to coach the Bethany (KS) Swedes (1976-2003). He was elected to the Hall of Fame as a coach after posting a career record of 219-57-1.

1978 – Current Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin was born. Durkin played defensive end and linebacker for Bowling Green (1997-2000). After graduation, he immediately entered the coaching profession serving 13 years as an assistant coach before serving one game as Florida’s interim head coach in 2014 after Will Muschamp stepped down. He led the Gators to a 28-20 win over East Carolina in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl before spending one season as Michigan’s defensive coordinator that fall. Durkin then got his first chance to lead a program when he was hired by the Maryland Terrapins starting with the 2016 season.

1986 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1966 member Jim Crowley died. Crowley played halfback for Notre Dame (1922-1924). In 1925, he played two games for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and one game with the league’s Providence Steamroller. He also played one game professionally for the Waterbury Blues that season just one year before the team joined the NFL for a single season as the Hartford Blues. Crowley then entered the coaching profession eventually serving as the head coach for Michigan State (1928-1932) and Fordham (1933-1941). In 1942, he coached the North Carolina Pre-Flight Cloudbusters, a military team located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later spent one year as the head coach of the AAFC’s Chicago Rockets (1947). He posted a solid 86-23-11 record as a college coach, but went 0-10 in his only season as a pro coach.

1978 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1974 member Don Lourie died. Lourie played quarterback for Princeton (1919-1921).


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