January 29: This Date in American Football History

Mississippi College - Edwin HaleEdwin Hale was born in 1896 and went on to become a star halfback for Mississippi College in 1915-1916 and from 1920-1921. In the interim between his two stints as a college football player, he served in World War I. At one point, he was wounded and then reported missing, but he later was found at a hospital in France.

Hale’s 1921 season was one of the greatest seasons in Mississippi College history. At the time, the school which is now in the NCAA’s Division II was nicknamed the Collegians (eventually changed to the Choctaws), and played many major colleges including Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tulane. Hale scored 23 touchdowns that season and drop-kicked 23 extra points while earning All-Southern honors.

Hale served as the head coach at Millsaps from 1928-1930 and then continued his career in the major college ranks as an assistant coach for all three of the state of Mississippi’s current major college programs – Mississippi State (1933-1936), Ole Miss (1937-1945 and Southern Miss (1963). He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in his final year as a college coach in 1963. He passed away on March 25, 1983 at the age of 87 years old.

Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Kutztown star Andre Reed was also born on this date in 1964.




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