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Emlen Tunnell

Emlen Tunnell (Pro football.  Born, Bryn Mawr, PA, Mar. 29, 1925; died, Pleasantville, NY, July 23, 1975.)  One of the premier defensive backs in the history of pro football, Emlen Lewis Tunnell came undrafted out of the University of Iowa in 1948.  He had to plead with the Giants for a tryout.  With the N.F.L. […]

Otto Schnellbacher

Otto Schnellbacher (Pro football.  Born, Sublette, KS, Apr. 15, 1923; died, Topeka, KS, Mar. 10, 2008.)  Though he was with the team for only two seasons (1950-51), Otto Schnellbacher was a corner of Giants coach Steve Owen’s (q.v.) “umbrella defense.”  Along with Tom Landry (q.v.), Harmon Rowe, and Emlen Tunnell (q.v.), Schnellbacher formed a unit that […]

Steve Owen

Steve Owen (Pro football.  Born, Cleo Springs, AR, Apr. 21, 1898; died, Oneida, NY, May 17, 1964.)  Steve Owen came out of Phillips University and was perhaps the best tackle of his era in the National Football League, but his real fame was to come during his 23-year tenure as the head coach of the […]

Tom Landry

Tom Landry (Pro football. Born, Mission, TX, Sept. 11, 1924; died, Dallas, TX, Feb. 12, 2000.) Though later justifiably famed as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Thomas Wade Landry was part of the New York pro football scene for 11 seasons (1949-59). A quarterback and defensive halfback out of Texas, Landry signed with the […]

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