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George Gregory

George Gregory (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 22, 1906; died, New York, NY, May 11, 1994.)  As a slender 6’4” from DeWitt Clinton H.S., George Gregory, Jr., came to Columbia as a natural center.  Gregory left after a three-year varsity career (1928-31) as the first black accorded all-America honors.  Described as “graceful” and […]

William George

William George (College football.  Born, Scroggsville, OH, July 30, 1861; died, West Palm Beach, FL, Sept. 15, 1933.)  A guard at Princeton (1885-89), William J. George was selected for the First Team on the first all-America selections made by Walter Camp in 1889.  George was later a long-time coach and teacher at Lawrenceville (N.J.) School.

Arnie Galiffa

Arnie Galiffa (Football.  Born, Donora, PA, Jan. 29, 1927.)  An Army quarterback from 1946-49, Arnold A. Galiffa was an all-America choice in his senior season.  Following military service, Galiffa had a brief pro career with the Giants (1953) and San Francisco (1954).

Ed Franco

Ed Franco (College football.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 24, 1915; died, Bayonne, NJ, Nov. 18, 1992.)  A stocky 5’8”, Edmund J. Franco was the left tackle on Fordham’s second version of the “Seven Blocks of Granite” line.  Franco was a consensus all-America choice in 1936 and 1937 as the Rams were 12-1-3 over the […]

Walter Camp

Walter Camp (College football.  Born, New Haven, CT, Apr. 17, 1859; died, New York, NY, Mar. 14, 1925.)  Even though intercollegiate competition in a form of the game began in 1869, Walter Camp is generally considered “the Father of American Football” despite the fact that he did not enter Yale until 1875.  In reality, Camp should […]

Skim Brown

Skim Brown (College football.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 6, 1880; died, Glen Head, NY, May 10, 1911.)  Yale’s Gordon Francis Brown one of only three men to make First Team all-America in football four times.  Brown was a guard who was selected from 1897-1900.  He was the Yale captain in 1900 for an unbeaten […]

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