Guard—(Nebraska) Brooklyn Dodgers 1941 [All-American 1940]
I was one of five proposed for All-Pro by Jock Sutherland in 1941.
Warren Alfson is one of four A.P. All-Americans who signed this news article. The others include Frank Albert, John Kimbrough, and George Paskvan.
Guard—(Ohio State) [All-American 1945-46, College Football Hall of Fame 1984]
He was a great player.
Warren Amling is one of seven 1945 U.P. All-Americans who signed this news article. The others include George Savitsky, Bob Fenimore, Herman Wedemeyer, Vaughn Mancha, Doc Blanchard, and Glenn Davis. Of Amling, the sports writer said, "The outstanding choice of the voters for a guard spot due to his excellent play in the underpar but still rugged Western conference." He is buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, London, Ohio.
Guard—(Oklahoma) Chicago Cardinals 1947-50
We had our share of genuine, bonafide characters, too. Plato Andros, the gorgeous Greek from Oklahoma, certainly fit that category. Plato, who lived with his wife in the same apartment building Lucy and I moved into, bragged that he had the broadest shoulders in the NFL, and to disagree wasn’t wise. To do so might cause Plato to pull out the .38 revolver he always toted. And from game’s end on Sunday through Monday, our only day off, he usually maintained a constant drunk. Since guns always scared the crap out of me, those were times Lucy and I would usually head for the library or a similar haven of safety. Swell guy, Plato. Since he couldn’t carry his cannon on the field, he used another weapon. When a particularly critical play was in the offing, Andros would work a little extra saliva into the tobacco he always chewed and, at the precise moment the ball was snapped, send a stream of chew juice into the eyes of an unsuspecting opponent. It was an extremely effective technique. To this day I maintain it had as much to do with the advent of face masks four years later as did the urge to curtail broken noses.
Plato Andros is buried in Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Guard—(Western Reserve) Great Lakes Naval Training Station 1943, Bainbridge Naval Training Station Commodores 1944, Fleet City Bluejackets 1945; Boston Yanks 1946-48, Chicago Cardinals 1948, Washington Redskins 1949-51, Chicago Bears 1953
Guard—(Georgia Tech) New York Giants 1952,1955-57 [All-American 1951, All-Service 1953, College Football Hall of Fame 1997]
An All-American at Georgia Tech and a veteran known for his intelligence.
Guard—(Washington, MO) St. Louis Gunners (AFL) 1938-40, Phoenix Panthers (PCFL) 1940, New York Americans (AFL) 1941, Great Lakes Naval Training Station Bluejackets 1943; Chicago Cardinals 1942,1945, Greensboro Patriots (Dixie League) 1946
We loved Bert. He lectured us about hanging out in alleys and swapping spit with girls.
Guard—(Iowa State) [All-American 1938, College Football Hall of Fame 1970]
Iowa State was reluctant to buy me some false teeth right away so I fashioned myself three teeth out of paraffin to fill the gap. Then against Kansas State, a back ran over me for a sizeable gain and as the play ended I looked up at one of the officials and spit out those three wax impressions. He whistled a penalty on Kansas State -- 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.
Ed Bock is one of five 1938 A.P. All-Americans who signed this news article. The others who signed it include Parker Hall, Al Wolff, John Pingel, and Marshall Goldberg. Of Bock, the sports writer said, "Bock has been a standout in the Iowa State forewall for three seasons. He has started and played most of every game the Cyclones have contested in that time. Observers rate him among the best guards ever found in the Big Six. A durable, 200-pounder, Bock still is fast enough to play halfback."
Guard—(UCLA) Westwood Cubs 1935, Brooklyn Dodgers 1936, Los Angeles Bulldogs (AFL) 1937,1939, Los Angeles Bulldogs (California Football League) 1938, Los Angeles Bulldogs (PCFL) 1940-41,1944-45, Hollywood Bears (PCFL) 1942, Hollywood Rangers (PCFL) 1945
Verdi Boyer did not sign his name on a questionnaire that I sent him, but he did write his nickname. However he answered all the other questions.
Guard—Chicago Tigers 1920, Chicago Cardinals 1920-24, Chicago Bulls 1926
Garland Buckeye is buried in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park, Toledo, Ohio.
Guard—(Oklahoma A&M) Maxwell Field Marauders 1944; New York Giants 1942, Brooklyn Dodgers 1946-48
Guard—(Oklahoma) Green Bay Packers 1949-51 [All-American 1946-48]
I made $6,500. I never did get a raise. I had a three-year contract and that was it. If I'd have asked for a raise, they would have fired me or something. But that was pretty good money. Bud Wilkinson got only $6,000 his first year coaching Oklahoma. About $1.50 was the going rate, working per hour out here. If you got $2 an hour, that was tops because that was what they got in the oil field rough-necking.
Paul Buddy Burris
Buddy Burris autographed this 1948 Al Pierotti cartoon. He is buried in Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Guard—(Oklahoma A&M) Chicago Cardinals 1946-48, New York Giants 1949
If you didn’t go along with Jake he might pop you right in the mouth.
Bob Fenimore, on Colhouer's leadership skills at the 1945 Cotton Bowl
Guard—(Southwestern/Texas) Camp Lejeune Marines 1944; Boston Yanks 1947
He wasn't a big fella, but he had a big heart. He was a quality person and a great American.
He is buried in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Austin, Texas.
Guard—(Stanford) [All-American 1932-33, College Football Hall of Fame 1957]
Bill Corbus autographed the copy of this 1932 Christy Walsh All-American selection news article. Walsh wrote, "Weighing 188 pounds, Corbus is so built as to convey the impression of a heavier man and once under pressure in a football game, the impression is accentuated and justified. Playing against Pittsburgh in a strange and adverse climate, Corbus made half of Stanford's tackles and was consistently good in every game this year. He is a fine interferer, a power on defense and played throughout all important games without respite. The leadership and integrity that made Corbus president of the Stanford student body characterize his conduct on the football field." He is buried in San Francisco, California.
See video clip of Bill Corbus who is among others selected as All-Americans in 1933. Watch for #19 as he takes his helmet off and smiles for the camera.
Guard/Linebacker—(Notre Dame) Green Bay Packers 1945; Coach—Indiana University 1952-56
Guard—(Utah) St. Louis-Kansas City Blues (American League) 1934, Brooklyn Dodgers 1935, Pittsburgh Pirates 1936
I had to quit after 3 years. I was too brittle.
Guard—(Notre Dame) Chicago Rockets 1948, Chicago Hornets 1949 [All-American 1947, College Football Hall of Fame 1977]
He was a joy to be around. When he said, “I'm going out,” we all went with him. He filled out a profile card once and, for church preference, he wrote, Red brick.
Ziggy Czarobski was one of more than a dozen players who autographed this Notre Dame football banquet program on 8 December 1942. The program was given to me by Jane O'Connor, widow of Bill "Bucky" O'Connor.
Guard/Tackle—(Auburn) Philadelphia Eagles 1956, Hamilton Tiger Cats (CFL) 1957, New York Titans 1960
Guard—(Oregon State) Personnel Distribution Command Comets 1945; San Francisco 49ers 1948
Guard—(Pitt) Chicago Cardinals 1942,1945, Pittsburgh Steelers 1946; Eastern Army All-Stars 1942 [All-American 1941]
Fife considered a forward pass a long fumble; he eschewed the pass completely. He was brought up under the Jock Sutherland style of football.
Guard—(Notre Dame) [All-American 1943]
He was small as guards go but his biggest forte was his leadership—a real competitor who hated to lose. He played offense and defense equally well. He played with both knees heavily bandaged for support. He could pull well on off-tackle and end run plays and was a fine down-field blocker.
Pat Filley autographed this 1944 Al Pierotti cartoon. I also have a signed 1944 Sam Davis cartoon.
I went to Syracuse in 1921 and played end my freshman year, then in '22 and '23 played varsity running guard. In 1924 I played center.
Bill Fivaz wrote, "I had a chance to play for a pro team but since I was offered a scholarship to go to medical school and help out the lacrosse team I chose to go to Medical school." He is buried in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, New York.
Guard—(Montana) Santa Ana Army Air Base Flyers (PCFL) 1942, Fleet City 1945; Chicago Bears 1939-42, Los Angeles Wildcats (AFL) 1944, Detroit Lions 1946, Green Bay Packers 1947
Guard—(Washington) Green Bay Packers 1945, Los Angeles Dons 1946-48 [All-American 1941]
He is fast enough to guard against passes, recover fumbles and lead his mates down field under punts.
Jack Guenther (1941)
Ray Frankowski is buried in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.
Defensive Guard—(California) [All-American 1947-49, College Football Hall of Fame 1977]
He was simply the best guard of his time; no one could control him. There was nobody like Rod. He developed a blow when he got off the ball that was just devastating.
Rod Franz autographed this 1949 Tom Paprocki cartoon. I also have a signed 1949 Alan Maver cartoon.
Guard—(Boston College) Philadelphia Eagles 1948-51
The Eagles got draft rights to me, and I signed with them right after the 1947 season for $6,000. That was pretty good money.
Mario Gianelli is one of several Eagles to sign this news article reporting the 1948 NFL championship game in which the Eagles beat the Chicago Cardinals 7-0. Others who signed include Bill Mackrides, Bosh Pritchard, Jim Parmer, Bap Manzini, and Ace Prescott. He is buried in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose, Massachusetts.
Guard/Player-Coach—(Minnesota) Frankford Yellowjackets 1930, Minneapolis Redjackets 1930 [All-American 1928]
I am entitled to several records which have never been mentioned by the present day announcers. These are as follows:
1. I played on two National Football League teams simultaneously, the Minneapolis Red Jackets and the Frankford Yellowjackets.
2. I coached two National Football League teams simultaneously, the Minneapolis Red Jackets and the Frankford Yellowjackets.
3. I played on two National League teams that went broke the same season.
4. I coached two National football teams that went broke the same season.
George R. Gibson
George Gibson autographed this news article naming the 1930 All Pro team picked by the Chicago Daily Times. He also signed a 1928 All-American news article. He is buried in Resthaven Memorial Park, Midland, Texas.
Guard/Linebacker/Kicker—(Murray State) Cleveland Rams 1940, Cincinnati Bengals (AFL) 1941, Chicago Bears 1943-45 [Little All-American 1937-38]
The biggest thing about kicking in those days was the weather conditions we played in. I remember times I had mud hanging on my shoes and I wondered if I'd ever be able to lift the ball off the ground.
Pete Gudauskas, the first
player to use a square-toed
shoe for placekicking
Offensive Guard/Defensive Tackle—(Baylor/Sul Ross State) Chicago Bears 1953, Chicago Cardinals 1954-55, Denver Broncos 1960 [National Cowboy Hall of Fame 2004]
Guard—(Notre Dame) Baltimore Colts 1947
Luke Higgins autographed this Notre Dame banquet program on 8 December 1942. The program contains more than a dozen signatures and was given to me by Jane O'Connor, widow of Bill "Bucky" O'Connor.
Guard—(Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh Pirates 1935, Chicago Gunners 1936, Chicago Cardinals 1937-38
Guard—(Notre Dame) [All-American 1931, College Football Hall of Fame 1978]
Nordy Hoffmann is buried in Saint Gabriel Cemetery, Potomac, Maryland.
Guard/Linebacker—(Manhattan) Brooklyn Dodgers 1940,1942, Paterson Panthers (AA) 1941, Paterson Panthers (AFL) 1946
I was rookie lineman of the year 1940, runner-up to Clyde Bulldog Turner.
Guard—(San Angelo JC/Tulsa) Boston Yanks 1945
I didn't know what two arms meant [he lost his right arm at age eleven]. I guess I wasn't smart enough to feel sorry for myself. I either made them run over me or I shot through them.
Guard/Fullback—(Notre Dame) Rochester Jeffersons 1923
I was on Notre Dame squad with [George] Gipp in 1919 and 1920. I was no herald player. Seems my two years [WWI] in France slowed me up.
T. C. Kasper
Guard—(St. Ambrose) Iowa Pre-flight Seahawks 1943; Columbus Bullies (AFL) 1941, Chicago Bears 1942,1945; Akron Bears (AFL) 1946, Bloomfield Cardinals (AFL) 1947 [Little All-American 1939-40, 2nd Team Service All-American 1943, AFL All-League Team 1946-47]
He was a very intelligent man who did a lot of reading and traveled all over the world as treasurer for the WBA and the World Boxing Organization.
Nick Kerasiotis is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Aurora, Illinois.
Guard—(Minnesota) Great Lakes Naval Training Station Bluejackets 1942; Cleveland Rams 1945, Los Angeles Rams 1946, Los Angeles Dons 1947-48
Butch Levy, who was also a pro wrestler, only printed his given and middle names and his nickname on the questionnaire which I sent him in March 1992.
Guard—(Indiana) Chicago Bears 1943
I was drafted by the New York Giants, but had to decline because I was still going to school. I ended up in Chicago in 1943 taking an internship at Augustana Hospital. That summer I happened to notice in the sports page an article stating that the Chicago Bears were having some difficulty in recruiting a team for the coming season. I called the Bear's stockholder responsible for recruiting and scheduled an appointment with him at his office in the Wrigley Building. I was pleased to sign as a guard for the coming season. The season went very well. . . . CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS LETTER ABOUT PLAYING IN THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WITH BRONKO NAGURSKI SENT TO ME BY JIM LOGAN
Offensive Guard—(Michigan State) Pittsburgh Steelers 1953, 1956
In 1952 when I finished college the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted me. [Biggie] Munn again reminded me I was too small to play pro ball. Again I proved them wrong. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog, is the moral. . . . CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS LETTER THAT MARV McFADDEN WROTE ME JUST BEFORE HE PASSED AWAY
Guard—(Texas) Los Angeles Rams 1952-56, Denver Broncos 1960-63, Houston Oilers 1964-65 [All-American 1949-50, Knute Rockne Award 1950, College Football Hall of Fame 1983]
He has great quickness and mobility for a big man. And he's got years of experience to go along with that natural ability.
Bud McFadin is buried in Colorado Cemetery, Colorado City, Texas.
Guard—(Utah) Cleveland Rams 1939-42; Iowa Pre-flight Seahawks 1943, Jacksonville Naval Air Station Fliers 1945
Barney McGarry autographed this 1938 Ev Thorpe cartoon. He autographed it after I did a recorded interview with him in his home. He is buried in Heber City Cemetery, Heber City, Utah.
Guard—(Rice) Southwestern Louisiana Institute Marines 1943, Fleet Marine Force Pacific 1945; Philadelphia Eagles 1948-55
Guard—(Ohio State) Great Lakes Naval Training Station Bluejackets 1942; Boston Bears (AFL) 1940, New York Americans (AFL) 1941, Oakland Giants (PCFL) 1945, Baltimore Colts 1946
Guard/Linebacker—(Oklahoma State) Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) 1955-57, Chicago Cardinals 1958-59, St. Louis Cardinals 1960-67 [All Pro 1964]
He was a hard-nosed, hard-working man but yet he was a gentle man. People talk today about players having a passion, but to me passion is to be excellent at what you do — he was that. He had bad feet; he had to wear thick-soled shoes. But he'd still run like a deer.
See video clip of Dale Meinert intercepting an errant John Brodie pass in the 1966 Pro Bowl.
Guard/Linebacker—(South Carolina/Duke) Fleet Marine Force Pacific 1945; Chicago Bears 1947-49, New York Giants 1950
I was defensive captain New York Giants in 1950.
Guard—(Holy Cross) Churchill Pros (AA) 1941, Providence Steamroller (AA) 1941, Washington Redskins 1944, Cleveland Rams 1945
Guard—(Penn State) Washington Redskins 1947, Pittsburgh Steelers 1948-49
Leo Nobile is buried in Resurrection Cemetery, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.
Guard—(Notre Dame) Buffalo Bills 1948, Bethlehem Bulldogs (AFL) 1949, Cleveland Browns 1949, New York Yanks 1951
O'Connor was versatile. He was possessed of a lot of speed, was heavy enough for all practical purposes, and was solidly built. There were few plays which could not be entrusted to him.
Guard—(Findlay) Eastern Flying Training Command Eagles 1945-46
I was with Detroit Lions long enough to get a clean jockstrap. I received pay for my rookie tryout . . . .during these years we did not have face masks. As a result many of players lost teeth . . . .When we played a game (not practices), we had a special manager who had an empty cigar box and stood in the entrance to the locker room. As each player came in and had a bridge, plate, etc., he would deposit it in the box. Upon leaving, this same manager would stand at the door with the box. As each player with missing teeth would exit he would "root" through the cigar box and retrieve his teeth.
Guard—(Harvard) [Knute Rockne Award 1941, All-American 1941, College Football Hall of Fame 1973; governor of Massachusetts, campaigned for 1972 Democratic nomination for Vice President, insisting that the party, not the President, should choose the nation’s second-in-command]
He was a 190-pound package of unmodified murder, the most savage blocker and tackler in the Ivy League. Harvard men don't usually turn professional, but Peabody could probably get a job with any team in the National league.
Jack Guenther (1941)
Chub Peabody autographed this 1942 Jack Sords cartoon. He is buried in Town Cemetery, Groton, Massachusetts.
Guard/Linebacker—(Pittsburgh) Brooklyn Dodgers 1940-41; Western Army All Stars 1942
Guard—(Catholic) Fleet City Bluejackets 1945; Pittsburgh Steelers 1940-41, Buffalo Bisons 1946, Buffalo Bills 1947-49; Worcester Panthers (American Association) 1942
Guard—(Southern California) Detroit Lions 1938-41,1945, Great Lakes NTS Bluejackets 1942, Los Angeles Dons 1946-47 [All-Service 1942, All- Pro 1945-46]
The little creep said I'd either play in Detroit or I wouldn't play anywhere. He also told me if I tried to play in the [All-America Football Conference], he would put me on a blacklist for five years. It took a lot of guts to take on the NFL back then. There was no union, no players` association, no legal fund. And we didn`t make very much money. It cost me a lot, but I knew I was right.
referring to Lion’s owner Fred Madel, Jr.
Guard—(William & Mary) Bainbridge Naval Training Station 1943-44; Chicago Cardinals 1946-51; Coach—Buffalo Bills 1960-61 [All-American 1942, All-Service Team 1943, College Football Hall of Fame 1978, All Pro 1947-49]
Buster Ramsey was our line coach [Detroit Lions], and he was another one from the old school. He had been a tough football player in his time; he played guard with the Chicago Cardinals and was an excellent coach. He liked people to hit, and at that time Doak Walker played for us. He was our big point getter. He did everything—he scored touchdowns and kicked field goals and extra points, but Ramsey used to get furious because Walker wouldn’t try to block some 240- or 250-pound lineman. Walker weighed 165 pounds, and he might block somebody if he had the angle on him, but he wasn’t about to pit himself against some monster who weighed seventy-five pounds more than he did. Buster would get mad and start yelling. “Doak, come on. Knock somebody down.”
Buster Ramsey is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Maryville, Tennessee.
Guard—(William & Mary) Los Angeles Dons 1948-49, Chicago Cardinals 1950-51, Philadelphia Eagles 1952, Washington Redskins 1952-53
We stayed in the best hotels and traveled 1st class. Of course we flew by prop planes and sometimes the team & equipment weighed more than they were supposed to. . . . CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS LETTER THAT KNOX RAMSEY WROTE TO ME IN 1989
Guard—(Alabama) Personnel Distribution Command Comets 1945; Chicago Hornets 1949, Pittsburgh Steelers 1950
Ray Richeson is buried in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Russellville, Alabama.
Guard—(Michigan State) Detroit Lions 1943; Bainbridge Naval Air Station Commodores 1944
Guard—(Notre Dame) St. Mary's Pre-Flight Air Devils 1942, El Toro Marines 1944; Chicago Rockets 1946,1948
Joe was one of the sharpest coaches I've ever known. He was a great teacher.
Dutch Fehring, on Ruetz as assistant coach at Stanford
An avid hiker and mountain climber, he went on a solo backpacking trip to Utah in the first week of December, 1941, got caught in severe blizzards and had to hike 12 days through deep snow before returning to safety — and learning of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.