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Elroy Hirsch - Hirsch's Legacy

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Hirsch's Legacy

Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch is retired and living in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to his pro football enshrinement, he was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame in 1991. A road race in his honor, the Crazylegs Classic, is held annually in Madison, Wisconsin. He has also been named to the State of Wisconsin, National Football Foundation and the Madison Pen and Mike Club-Bowman Sports Foundation Halls of Fame. He is an ardent booster of Badger sports.

Career Statistics

Rushing Receiving
Yr Team Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
CHR: Chicago Rockets (All-America Football Conference); RAM: Los Angeles Rams (National Football League).
1946 CHR 87 226 2.6 1 27 347 12.9 3
1947 CHR 23 51 2.2 1 10 282 28.2 3
1948 CHR 23 93 4.0 0 7 101 14.1 1
1949 RAM 68 287 4.2 2 22 326 14.8 4
1950 RAM 2 19 9.5 0 42 687 16.4 7
1951 RAM 1 3 3.0 0 66 1495 22.7 17
1952 RAM 0 0 0.0 0 25 590 23.6 4
1953 RAM 1 6 6.0 0 61 941 15.4 4
1954 RAM 1 6 6.0 0 35 720 20.6 3
1955 RAM 0 0 0.0 0 25 460 18.4 2
1956 RAM 0 0 0.0 0 35 603 17.2 6
1957 RAM 1 8 8.0 0 32 477 14.9 6
TOTAL 207 693 3.3 4 387 7029 18.2 60

Hirsch, had he played today, would have been a "plays of the week" staple on sports highlight shows. But while he starred before television exposure of football because pervasive, the star appeal of Hirsch, and his Los Angeles Rams teammates of the 1950s, helped popularize the sport and usher in the TV era.

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