Born on November 22, 1926
Indianapolis, IN
January 23, 1972.
Inducted On
August 10, 1991
Location Inducted
South Bend, IN (Posthumously)
Region Number
Sb Adams
South Bend Adams
Wore leg braces until age 10 to strengthen his knees; won 10 varsity letters in football, basketball, and track; only freshman to win a varsity letter in football; played both offense and defense; first freshman in history of school to be elected president of Student Council; starting center as a junior on 1944 basketball sectional championship team; one of 9 nominees for South Bend Tribune's Football Conference MVP; captain of 1944 football team; in football, received the Kiwanis Award, Most Valuable Lineman, Adams Award as Most Outstanding Athlete, and South Bend Tribune's All-Twin City Football Eleven-First Team All-Conference; State shot-put champion 1944 and 1945; offered a scholarship to Michigan State for track but accepted a football scholarship to Indiana University.
Indiana University
4-year varsity football letterman, playing both offense and defense; 2-year varsity track letterman; as a freshman, picked to start at right tackle on 1945 IU team that won Big Ten Conference Championship with a 9-0-1 record; Indianapolis Star's All-Indiana, 2nd team 1945; Indianapolis News All-State, 2nd team 1945-1946 and 1st team 1947-1948; UP All-Big Ten, 2nd team; earned All-American Honorable Mention in 3 of his seasons; All-Midwestern Team Honorable Mention 1948; started every game at right tackle during freshman and sophomore years; an injury to a knee kept him out after the third game of his junior season, but he came back as a senior to lead the Hoosiers as their captain; often played 60 minutes, shifting from offense to defense; was selected to play on North Team in the Blue-Grey Classic; was named to 1949 All-Star Team.
An insurance agent with Jefferson National Life Insurance Company for 22 years.
Wife, Barbara; children, Jane, William, and Frank; 4 grandchildren.
Professional Athletic Background: Played professionally at tackle and guard with Chicago Cardinals of National Football League 1949-1950.