January 18: This date in American Football History

Caspar Whitney

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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1897 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1956 member Eddie Kaw was born. Kaw played halfback for Cornell (1920-1922). After graduation, Kaw played one season for the NFL’s Buffalo Bisons (1924).

1929 – Sports journalist Caspar Whitney died. Whitney originated the concept of the All-America team in 1889 when he worked for Harper’s Weekly.

1950 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1991 member Pat Sullivan was born. Sullivan played quarterback for Auburn (1969-1971). In his final season at Auburn, Sullivan won the Heisman Trophy, and then was drafted in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Sullivan played four seasons (1972-1975) for the Falcons before spending the final two seasons (1976-1977) of his professional career with the Washington Redskins. After several years as a color commentator for Auburn games, Sullivan entered the coaching profession eventually getting an opportunity as the head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs (1992-1997). After a stint as an assistant, he once again became a head coach at Samford (2007-2014).

1980 – Chuck Bednarik Award 2001 winner Julius Peppers was born. Peppers played defensive end for North Carolina (1998-2001). He also won the Lombardi Award during the 2001 season. After college, Peppers was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He spent eight years (2002-2009) with the Panthers before moving on to the Chicago Bears (2010-2013) and then the Green Bay Packers (2014-current) where he currently plays.

1991 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1954 member Hamilton Fish died. Fish played tackle for Harvard (1907-1909).



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