February 10: Celebrating college football’s history

Former New York Giants head coach Allie Sherman was born on this date in 1923. Sherman played quarterback for the now-defunct team at Brooklyn College before heading to the pros as an undrafted player in 1943. He ended up with the NFL’s Phil-Pitt Combine – a combined war-time Philadelphia Eagles–Pittsburgh Steelers squad better remembered as the Steagles. When the dearth of players eased somewhat beginning in 1944 as the war began to…

February 10, 2016
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February 9: Celebrating college football’s history

College Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson hailed from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he played college football for the University of Minnesota from 1934-1936. He helped establish the great Minnesota dynasty of the mid-1930’s leading the Golden Gophers to three straight national championships during his time as a quarterback there. Despite his team’s success, Wilkinson wasn’t given a shot at the pros instead turning to a career in coaching not long…

February 9, 2016
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February 8: Former Heisman winner Smith born on this date

Former Harvard Consensus All-American Everett Lake was born on this date in 1871. Lake was selected to the 1891 All-America team as a back in his final season of play before later embarking on a career in politics. He eventually rose to become the 67th Governor of Connecticut from January 5, 1921, to January 3, 1923. Lake passed away on September 26, 1948, at the age of 77. Former Minnesota…

February 8, 2016
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February 7: Celebrating college football’s history

Former Clemson halfback Banks McFadden was born on this date in 1917. McFadden starred for the Tigers from 1937-1939 earning All-America honors in his final season. At the conclusion of the season, the Tigers played in their first bowl game against Boston College in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1940. McFadden and the Tigers prevailed in a defensive battle 6-3. He played one year for the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers,…

February 7, 2016
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Pro Football Hall of Fame inducts eight new members

Welcome home, Ken Stabler. More than 30 years after his career ended in 1984, Stabler, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974 and the winning quarterback in Super Bowl XI for the Oakland Raiders, finally earned induction Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday. For Stabler, who unfortunately passed away last summer on July 8, the honor will serve as the ultimate validation and the…

February 7, 2016
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February 6: Celebrating Amherst’s Jack Hubbard

Former Amherst star halfback Jack Hubbard was born on this date in 1886. Hubbard played for the Lord Jeffs from 1903-1906 earning All-America honors in each of his final three seasons. He then took over as the team’s head coach from 1907-1909, but the team struggled to a 7-13-4 cumulative record during his years at the helm. After one year out of coaching, he took over as the head coach of…

February 6, 2016
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February 5: Celebrating college football’s history

William “Billy” Rhodes was a star player for Yale from 1887-1890 earning All-America honors during his final campaign. He later returned as the coach of the Elis in 1893-1894 compiling a 26-1 record while leading his alma mater. Rhodes was coached by the legendary Walter Camp in 1888 and he played alongside five players in addition to Camp who are enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Rhodes, however, was never…

February 5, 2016
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February 4: Celebrating college football’s history

Former Georgia Tech standout Everett Strupper passed away on this date in 1950 at the age of 53. Strupper was a star for the Yellow Jackets from 1915-1917 when he and teammate Walker Carpenter became the first two players from a Southern team to be named to a major All-American team. Strupper was on the 1916 Tech squad that set the all-time scoring record for a single game when the Yellow…

February 4, 2016
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NFF Salutes the Black History Trailblazers

February is Black History Month, and there isn’t a sport where the contributions of our nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) are more evident than college football. To this day, black college classics are among the most well-attended games in college football’s lower divisions with crowds that would make an NCAA FBS program proud. It’s evident, too, in the proud tradition of marching bands at HBCU’s where the halftime shows…

February 4, 2016
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February 3: Celebrating college football’s past

Consensus All-American Jesse Riggs was born on this date in 1870. Riggs was a guard for the Princeton Tigers from 1888-1891 earning All-America status in 1890. He served as the team’s captain in 1891 as a senior, and earned brief consideration for the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965 but was ultimately passed over. Riggs passed away on March 9, 1945, at the age of 77. Former Rutgers star…

February 3, 2016
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