January 20: This Date in American Football History

USC - Rey Maualuga

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.


1930 – Consensus All-American Alfred E. Bull died. Bull played quarterback and center for Pennsylvania (1894-1895) earning Consensus All-America honors as a center in 1895. After college, he immediately entered the coaching profession as the head coach at Iowa (1896) and Franklin & Marshall (1896-1897). Additional head coaching stints followed at the Latrobe Athletic Association (1898), Georgetown (1900), Lafayette (1903-1907) and Muhlenberg (1908-1910). Bull retired from coaching with a respectable 62-34-15 record as a college head coach.

1951 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1959 member Stan Keck died. Keck played tackle and guard for Princeton (1919-1921). Keck served as the head coach at Norwich and Waynesburg in the 1940’s.

1953 – Current Columbia head coach Al Bagnoli was born. Bagnoli played college football at Central Connecticut (1972-1974). After graduation, he entered the coaching profession eventually taking over as head coach at Union (NY) (1982-1991). He then became the head coach at Pennsylvania (1992-2014) before taking over at Columbia (2015-present).

1987 – Chuck Bednarik Award 2008 winner Rey Maualuga was born. Maualuga played linebacker for USC (2005-2008). He was then drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals where he has spent his entire career to date (2009-present).



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