Born on July 15, 1935
Gary, IN
October 10, 2012.
Inducted On
May 16, 1976
Location Inducted
East Chicago, IN
Region Number
Gary Emerson
Gary Emerson
All-State 1952, 1953 and All-American 1954.
University of Iowa
1956 All-American; 1957 All-American Lineman of the Year Outland Award.
Named to All-Time Big 10 Team 1975; was a color man with Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football; as an actor, appeared in Blazing Saddles, 500 Pound Jerk, Babe Babe Didrikson, Paper Lion; did TV commercials and well-known as a speaker; older brothers Ted and Lou both played in the NFL which led to their mother being the only woman inducted into NFL Football Hall of Fame because she had 3 sons playing professional football.
First wife, Joan; children, Alex, Jr., Peter, George, Carolyn, and Renald; second wife, Carol; daughter, Katherine; five grandchildren.
Professional Athletic Background: Detroit Lions number one draft pick 1958; played 12 years as defensive tackle for the Lions, retiring in 1970.

Professional Athletic Honors: Team captain; voted Greatest Defensive Player in History of NFL-NYAC 1975; played in All-Pro Bowl Game 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1965; was All-Pro 1967 and 1968; made All-Time Lions Team 1970.