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Alan Ameche

Baltimore Colts Fullback Alan Ameche scores the winning 1-yard touchdown run in The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Date of birth March 1, 1933
Place of birth Flag of United States Kenosha, WI
Date of death August 8, 1988 (age 55)
Place of death Houston, TX
Position(s) Running back
College Wisconsin
NFL Draft 1955 / Round 1/ Pick 3
Career Highlights
Pro Bowls 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
Awards 1954 Heisman Trophy,
1955 UPI NFL R.O.Y.
Honors NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
Italian American Sports HOF
Statistics
Team(s)
1955-1960 Baltimore Colts
College Hall of Fame

Lino Dante "Alan" Ameche (March 1, 1933August 8, 1988), nicknamed "The Horse," was an American football player who played six seasons with the Baltimore Colts in the National Football League after winning the Heisman Trophy in college at the University of Wisconsin. He was elected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the league. Image File history File links Photo of the 1958 NFL Championship game. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Kenosha is a city located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. ... August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Houston redirects here. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1955 NFL Draft was held on January 27-28, 1955. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... From 1955 - 1996 The United Press International has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL-NFC American football players and AFL-AFC american football players. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1940s All-Decade Team NFL 1960s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ...


Alan Ameche was born Lino Dante Amici in Italy 1933. After emigrating to the United States in the late 1930s, his family returned for a year to Italy, where little Lino was pressed into the Fascist Youth. The family then returned to Kenosha, Wisconsin. Alan was the cousin of noted actors Don Ameche and Jim Ameche. With colleague (and former Colts teammate) Gino Marchetti, Alan Ameche founded the Gino's Hamburgers chain. The Baltimore-based Ameche's drive-in restaurants were named for him. He died in Houston, Texas. Nickname: K-town Keno Kenowhere Location of Kenosha within Wisconsin Coordinates: Country United States State Wisconsin Counties Kenosha Settled 1836 Government  - Mayor John M. Antaramian Population  - City 96,845  - Density  3,795. ... Dominic Felix Ameche (May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American actor. ... This article lacks information on the subject matters importance. ... Gino John Marchetti (born January 2, 1927 in Smithers, West Virginia) is a former NFL Defensive End who played from 1952 - 1964 and 1966 for the Dallas Texans and the Baltimore Colts. ... Ginos Hamburgers was a fast-food restaurant chain based in Baltimore, Maryland, founded by Gino Marchetti and Alan Ameche in 1959. ... Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ...


College career

Ameche earned All-American honors at the University of Wisconsin, where he played linebacker as well as fullback in those single-platoon days. In four years as a Badger, he gained 3,212 yards, then the NCAA record, scored 25 touchdowns, and averaged 4.8 yards a carry. He won the Heisman in 1954. Ameche is one of four Wisconsin players whose number (35) has been retired, and one of three whose name and number appears on the Camp Randall Stadium façade (fellow Heisman winner Ron Dayne (No. 33) and Dave Schreiner (No. 80) are the others). The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Camp Randall Stadium was built in 1917 and is the current home of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. ... Ron Dayne (born March 14, 1978 in Berlin, New Jersey) is an American football running back for the Houston Texans of the NFL. He is best known for holding the NCAA record for career rushing yards. ...


NFL career

Ameche played fullback for the Baltimore Colts from 1955 until 1960. Named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1955, he was a four-time Pro Bowler (1955-58). He averaged 4.2 yard per carry over his career. He held the record for rushing yards in his first three NFL games until Carnell "Cadillac" Williams passed it in 2005. There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Carnell Cadillac Williams (born April 21, 1982 in Attalla, Alabama) is an American football running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. // High school career Williams started all four years while playing for Etowah High School (Etowah County, Alabama), rushing for 1,729 yards with 23 touchdowns as...


Ameche may be best remembered for his role in the 1958 NFL Championship Game at Yankee Stadium, often cited as "The Greatest Game Ever Played." Ameche scored the winning touchdown for the Colts on a one-yard run in overtime as the Colts beat the Giants, 23-17. The 1958 NFL Championship Game is regarded by many, and titled by the NFL, as the “Greatest Game Ever Played”. The game featured the New York Giants led by defensive great Sam Huff and the Baltimore Colts led by quarterback Johnny Unitas. ... Yankee Stadium is the home stadium of the New York Yankees, a major league baseball team. ...


Ameche finished a relatively short six-season NFL career with 4,045 rushing yards, 101 receptions for 733 yards and 44 touchdowns.

Preceded by
Johnny Lattner
Heisman Trophy Winner
1954
Succeeded by
Howard "Hopalong" Cassady

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UW-Madison: History & Exhibits: Alan Ameche (1926 words)
Kenosha, WI Alan Ameche was born Lino Dante Amici in Italy in 1933.
Ameche's strength was legendary, at least in the southeast corner of Wisconsin.
Ameche led the Big Ten in rushing again that season, and his honors included being named to the UP and AP All-Midwest teams, as well as to the First-Team All-Big Ten—for the first of three consecutive years.
Heisman.com - Heisman Trophy (188 words)
Ameche played as a fullback with the Baltimore Colts for six seasons (1955-1960), then founded Gino's Inc. and served as Corporate Secretary and a member of the Board.
Alan was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Joseph's College and was Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Multiple Sclerosis Society, a Trustee of Malvern Prep, and was Corporations Chairman for the United Negro College Fund.
Alan was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1975.
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