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Elroy Hirsch

Gm, Athletic Director

In 1960, Hirsch succeeded Alvin "Pete" Rozelle as Rams' general manager when the NFL named Rozelle commissioner following the death of Bert Bell. Hirsch named Waterfield head coach, but the team struggled on the field and fell to 1-12-1 in 1962. He eventually became special assistant to the president before leaving the organization, after 20 years, to succeed Ivy Williamson as University of Wisconsin athletic director.


1923 Born June 17 in Wausau, Wisconsin
1945 Drafted in first round (fifth overall) by Cleveland Rams of National Football League
1946-48 Played for Chicago Rockets, All-America Football Conference
1949 Joined Los Angeles Rams, became part of revolutionary "three-end" offense
1950 Changed position from running back to flanker
1957 Retires as player
1969-87 University of Wisconsin athletic director

Awards and Accomplishments

1946 Named Most Valuable Player in College All-Star Game
1951 Set league record with 66 receptions for 1,495 yards as Rams won NFL championship
1951 Received Rams' Most Inspirational Player award
1968 Enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame
1969 Named all-time NFL flanker; voted to Wisconsin's All-Time Football Team

He retired from Wisconsin in 1987 after serving the longest tenure ever for a Wisconsin AD. During that time, the men's ice hockey team won four of its five NCAA championships. Hirsch, however, drew fire for botching the search for a men's basketball coach in 1982. Several top candidates rejected Wisconsin, and according to the Milwaukee Sentinel, Hirsch was on a Caribbean cruise while appointee Ken Anderson was twice misidentified at a press conference. Days later, Anderson said he would stay at Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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