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Harold "Red" Grange - Continues To Be Recognized

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Continues to be Recognized

Grange is still widely recognized for his contributions to both college and professional football, continually showing up on "greatest athletes" lists. In 1951 he was named a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame and in 1963 he received the same honor for the Professional Football Hall of Fame. College Football News named him the best player of all time, and in its century-end retrospective, ESPN named him the 28th best athlete of the 20th century.

For all his accomplishments—the astounding college career, the legendary Michigan game, the popularity and respect he brought to professional football—Grange remained profoundly modest. "If you have the football and 11 guys are after you, if you're smart, you'll run," he once remarked. "They built my accomplishment way out of proportion," he also said. "I never got the idea that I was a tremendous big shot. I could carry a football well, but there are a lot of doctors and teachers and engineers who could do their thing better than I."

Grange's old coach, Bob Zuppke, who made no secret of his opposition to Grange's decision to turn pro, begged to differ, however. "They can argue all they like about the greatest football player who ever lived," he remarked after Grange left Illinois. "But I was satisfied I had him when I had Red Grange."

Career Statistics

Passing Receiving Rushing
Yr Team GP Att Com Yds TD Int Rec Yds TD Att Yds TD
CHI: Chicago Bears; NYY: New York Yankees.
1925 CHI 5 13 4 92 1 2 4 54 0 55 203 2
1927 NYY 13 21 11 206 0 4 5 77 0 29 127 1
1929 CHI 14 9 4 64 2 2 8 119 0 130 552 2
1930 CHI 14 16 8 164 3 1 7 101 2 77 470 6
1931 CHI 13 17 9 158 1 3 7 106 2 111 599 5
1932 CHI 12 13 5 96 0 0 11 168 4 57 136 3
1933 CHI 13 33 13 169 2 3 3 74 0 81 277 1
1934 CHI 12 25 6 81 1 7 2 46 2 32 156 1
TOTAL 96 147 60 1030 10 22 47 745 10 572 2520 21

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