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Bronko Nagurski

Nagurski during his years at University of Minnesota
Date of birth: November 3, 1908
Place of birth: Rainy River, Ontario
Date of death: January 7, 1990 (aged 81)
Place of death: International Falls, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
Status: Not Active
Position(s): FB
Jersey №: 3
College: Minnesota
Organizations
 As player:
1930-1937, 1943 Chicago Bears
Career highlights and Awards
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 1930s All-Decade Team
  • Retired numbers (#72 and #3)
Stats at NFL.com
College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1963

Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (November 3, 1908January 7, 1990) was an American football player of Ukrainian origin. He was also a famous professional wrestler, being one of the first football players to succeed as a professional wrestler. In professional wrestling, he was a multiple-time World Heavyweight Champion. is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Canadian town of Rainy River is situated on the Ontario-Minnesota border, along the Rainy River opposite Baudette, Minnesota, USA and southeast of the Lake of the Woods along Highway 11. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... International Falls is a city in and the county seat of Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. ... A diagram showing typical football positions In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... In American football, a fullback (FB) is a position 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). ... This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994. ... This is a list of all NFL players who have had outstanding performances throughout the 1930s and have been compiled onto this fantasy group. ... The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are one of the oldest and most storied programs in college football history. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... // May 4 — Pan American Games Marathon, Sao Paulo, Brazil Mens Winner: Fidel Negrete (MEX) 2:27:56 July 13 — Enschede Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: Václav Chudomel (CZE) 2:25:11 October 15 — Fukuoka Marathon, Japan Mens Winner: Jeff Julian (NZL) 2:18:01 Stock car racing... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... ...


Bronko has the largest recorded NFL Championship ring size at 19½ (86 mm inside circumference).[1] A ring sizing stick There are several systems for denoting the sizes of jewellery rings in use around the world: In the United States and Canada, ring sizes are specified using a numerical scale, with quarter and half sizes. ...


His son, Bronko Nagurski Jr., would go on to play football at Notre Dame and become an all-star with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. For other universities and colleges named Notre Dame, see Notre Dame. ... The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a Canadian Football League team based in Hamilton, Ontario, founded in 1950 with the merger of the Hamilton Tigers and the Hamilton Flying Wildcats. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL) (Ligue canadienne de football (LCF) in French), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football. ...

Contents

Youth and collegiate career

Nagurski was born in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada, and his family moved to International Falls, Minnesota when he was still a boy. His parents, "Mike" and "Emelia" Nagurski, were immigrants, ethnic Ukrainians from the Polish Ukraine (Galicia). Nagurski became a standout at the University of Minnesota, where he played fullback on offense and tackle on defense and was named an All-American. The Canadian town of Rainy River is situated on the Ontario-Minnesota border, along the Rainy River opposite Baudette, Minnesota, USA and southeast of the Lake of the Woods along Highway 11. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... International Falls is a city in and the county seat of Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. ... This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ...


According to legend, Nagurski was discovered and signed by University of Minnesota Head Coach Clarence "Fats" Spears who had gotten lost and asked for directions to the nearest town. Nagurski (who had been plowing a field without a horse) lifted his plow and used it to point in the direction of town. He was signed on the spot for a full ride football scholarship. [1] However, the same legend is told about the Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx. Jimmie Foxx on the cover of Time in 1929 James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who was, up until Mark McGwires glory days in the late 1990s, the most prolific right-handed power hitter to ever play...


Nagurski played both tackle on defense and fullback on offense at Minnesota from 1927 to 1929. In 1929, he was a consensus All-American at tackle and also made some All-American teams at fullback. Some voters apparently listed him at two positions (this was before there were separate offensive and defensive teams -- everyone went "both ways"). Perhaps his greatest collegiate game was against the Wisconsin in 1928. Wearing a corset to protect cracked vertebrae, he recovered a Badger fumble deep in their territory and then ran the ball six straight times to score the go-ahead touchdown. Later in the same game, he intercepted a pass to seal the victory. During his time with the Gophers, the team went 18-4-2 and won the Big Ten Conference championship in 1927. This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ... University of Wisconsin redirects here. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation). ...


Sports Illustrated named Nagurski one of the three greatest athletes in Minnesota state history (the other two were Dave Winfield and Kevin McHale). In 1993, the Football Writers Association of America created the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded annually to the best defensive player in college football. Notable winners include Warren Sapp, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey, and Derrick Johnson. In 2007, Nagurski was ranked #17 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list. David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951, in St. ... Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. ... The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been awarded annually since 1993 to the best all-around defensive college football player. ... Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972 in Orlando, Florida) is a professional football player for the NFLs Oakland Raiders. ... Charles Woodson (born on October 7, 1976 in Fremont, Ohio) is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers. ... Roland “Champ” Bailey (born June 22, 1978 in Folkston, Georgia) is an American football player, starting at cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. ... Derrick OHara Johnson (born November 11, 1982 in Waco, Texas) is an American football linebacker drafted fifteenth overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. ...


Professional career

Nagurski turned professional to play for the Chicago Bears from 1930 to 1937. At 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 235 pounds (107 kg), he would have been a formidable presence in any era of the NFL, and in his day he was a dominant force in the league, helping the Bears win several division titles and two NFL championships. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football...


He was probably the largest running back of his time, bigger than most linemen of the day, and a forerunner to large fullbacks like Marion Motley, John Henry Johnson, Jim Brown, Larry Csonka and John Riggins, often dragging multiple tacklers with him. In a time when players were expected to play on both sides of the ball, he was a standout defensive lineman as well. Following an injury, instead of sitting on the bench, he put in some time as an offensive tackle, making him the only player in NFL history to be named All-Pro at three non-kicking positions. In a 1984 interview with Sports Illustrated writer Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman, when asked what position he would play if he were coming up in the present day, he said, "I would probably be a linebacker today. I wouldn't be carrying the ball 20 or 25 times a game." Marion Motley (born June 5, 1920, in Leesburg, Georgia, died June 27, 1999) was a former American Football fullback who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... John Henry Johnson (born November 24, 1929 in Waterproof, Louisiana) was an American football player. ... Jahwon is smart cute likes football and is good For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... John Riggins (born August 4, 1949, in Seneca, Kansas) is a former American Football running back, playing from 1971-1985. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Paul Lionel Zimmerman (born October 23, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), known to many fans as Dr. Z, is an American football sportswriter who currently writes for the weekly magazine Sports Illustrated. ...


A time-honored and almost certainly apocryphal story about Nagurski is that on one occasion carrying the ball, he was charging toward the goal line, head down, shoving tacklers out of the way, and that he ran right through the end zone and smacked his head on the close-in brick wall at Wrigley Field. When he came back to the bench, he told coach George Halas, "That last guy gave me quite a lick!"[citation needed] In Judeo-Christian theologies, apocrypha refers to religious Sacred text that have questionable authenticity or are otherwise disputed. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... George Stanley Halas, Sr. ...


During his football career, he built a second athletic career as a professional wrestler, becoming a three-time world heavyweight champion.


During World War II, professional football teams were short of players and in 1943 Bronko Nagurski returned to the Bears for one season. He scored a touchdown in the Bears' championship victory against the Washington Redskins, served one season as backfield coach for UCLA in 1944, and finally returned to wrestling until his retirement in 1960. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ...


After his retirement from wrestling, he returned home to International Falls and opened a service station. He retired from that in 1978, at the age of 70. He lived out a quiet life on the shores of Rainy Lake on the Canadian border. Service station is a term with different meanings in different parts of the world: In the United States and Canada, it refers to a filling station that also offers such services as oil change and mechanical repairs to automobiles. ... The Rainy River is a river, approximately 85 mi (140 km), that forms part of the U.S.-Canada border separating northern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. ...


He died in International Falls and is buried there in the Saint Thomas Cemetery.


Legacy

Nagurski was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a charter member on September 7, 1963. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


At the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities house of his fraternity, Sigma Chi, Nagurski's jersey and Significant Sig recognition certificate are on display. Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ...


After his death, the town of International Falls honored him by opening the Bronko Nagurski Museum in Smokey Bear Park. It is the only museum dedicated to a single football player [2].


In 1995, Nagurski was again honored when the Football Writers Association of America voted to have his name attached to college football's Defensive Player of the Year trophy (Bronko Nagurski Trophy). The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been awarded annually since 1993 to the best all-around defensive college football player. ...


A fictionalized eyewitness account of Nagurski's 1943 comeback is the subject of a dramatic monologue in the film version of Hearts in Atlantis. Another account is in the William Goldman novel Magic. Hearts in Atlantis (1999), is a fictional work by Stephen King. ... William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ...


In 1999, he was ranked number 35 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranking foreign-born player. Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


In 2000, he was voted the second-greatest Minnesotan sportsman of the 20th century by the sportswriters of the Star Tribune, coming in only behind Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in Minnesota and is published seven days each week in an edition for the Minneapolis-St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 [1] – March 6, 2006) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Minnesota Twins from 1984 to 1995. ...


Professional Wrestling Championships and accomplishments

National Wrestling Alliance
National Wrestling Association
Other titles
  • World Heavyweight Championship (Los Angeles version) (1 time)
  • World Heavyweight Championship
  • World Heavyweight Championship (Minneapolis version) (2 times)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... The NWA Minneapolis World Tag Team Championship was the Minneapolis, Minnesota version of the NWA World Tag Team Titles. ... Verne Gagne (born February 26, 1926) is a former professional wrestler, trainer and wrestling promoter. ... The National Wrestling Association was an off-shoot of the National Boxing Association, formed to sanction professional wrestling. ... The National Wrestling Association version of the World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Association (NWA), an offshoot of the National Boxing Association (NBA). ... Dave Herbert Meltzer (born October 24, 1961 in San Jose, California) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, an insider newsletter for the world of professional wrestling. ... The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (WON HOF for short) is a professional wrestling hall of fame that exists only on paper. ...

References

  1. ^ Dr. Z's Top 10 Big Backs - Bronkosaurus - Bronko Nagurski was, literally, a monster of the Midway. Sports Illustrated. Paul Zimmerman (Dr. Z). November 24, 1997 [Q]uarterback Sid Luckman, about Nagurski. "A monster," Luckman said. "The neck, the hands. They measured him for a championship ring in 1943, when he made his comeback, and his ring size was 19 1/2."

External links

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3 - Bronko Nagurski - Chicago Bears (627 words)
Bronko Nagurski was the symbol of terrifying, crushing power on the gridiron.
Nagurski got the ball for the fourth straight time, but this time he took a stepped back a pace and lobbed the ball to Grange in the end zone for a winning touchdown.
Nagurski, who was an all-American at both tackle and fullback at Minnesota, was a devastating 60-minute player for eight seasons before he was getting too old for the constant pounding of pro football or it may have been that his wrestling activities were becoming too time consuming-and profitable.
Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Bronko Nagurski (262 words)
Nagurski became a standout at the University of Minnesota, where he played fullback on offense and tackle on defense and was named an All-American.
During World War II, professional football teams were short of players and in 1943 Bronko Nagurski returned to the Bears for one season.
In 1995 Nagurski was again honored when the Football Writers Association of America voted to have his name attached to college football’s Defensive Player of the Year trophy.
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