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Encyclopedia > Bruce Smith (Heisman)
Bruce Smith
Date of birth February 8, 1920
Place of birth Flag of United States Faribault, Minnesota
Date of death August 28, 1967
Position(s) Halfback
College Minnesota
NFL Draft 1942 / Round 13/ Pick 119
Awards 1941 Heisman Trophy
Statistics
  • DatabaseFootball
Team(s)
1945-1948
1948
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
College Hall of Fame

Bruce P. Smith (February 8, 1920August 28, 1967), nicknamed "Boo", was an American football player best known for winning the Heisman Trophy in 1941. February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: Flambo or Faribo Motto: City of the Move Location in Rice County and the state of Minnesota. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 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). ... Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, almost always abbreviated U of M, and sometimes referred to as The U by locals, is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... 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 1942 NFL Draft was held on December 22, 1941. ... 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. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... City St. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... 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. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ...


Smith was born in Faribault, Minnesota where he excelled in prep football under legendary football coach Win Brockmeyer and then attended the University of Minnesota. He played halfback for the back to back national champions Gophers in 1940 and 1941. He received the Heisman two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the War he served as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot. After the war he briefly played in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers (1945–1948) and Los Angeles Rams (1948). A movie, Smith of Minnesota, was released in 1942. The premiere occurred in Faribault to semi-amazement of the locals due to the novelty. However, unintentioned laughter was heard in the movie when certain advanced technologies for the time (direct dial phones, streetlights, etc) were seen as part of the backdrop. Nickname: Flambo or Faribo Motto: City of the Move Location in Rice County and the state of Minnesota. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Win Brockmeyer (b. ... University of Minnesota Twin Cities This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ... 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. ... // The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Husband Kimmel (USN), Walter Short (USA) Chuichi Nagumo (IJN), Mitsuo Fuchida (IJNAS), Shigekazu Shimazaki (IJNAS) Strength 8 battleships, 8 cruisers, 29 destroyers, 9 submarines, ~50 other ships, ~390 planes 6 aircraft carriers, 9 destroyers, 2 battleships, 2 heavy cruisers, 1 light cruiser, 8... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000,000 Civilian dead: 4,000,000 Total dead 12,000,000 World War II (abbreviated WWII), or the Second World War, was a worldwide conflict... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The St. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ...


He was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 1967, and spent the next several months visiting young cancer patients with the Rev. William Cantwell. Smith lost over half his body weight before succumbing to the disease. Cantwell, who was unfamiliar with Smith's sports achievements, nominated Smith for sainthood. Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Canonization is the process of declaring someone a saint and involves proving that a candidate has lived in such a way that he or she qualifies for this. ...


In 1972, Smith was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. His number 54 was the first to be officially retired by the Gophers, in 1977. 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...

Preceded by
Tom Harmon
Heisman Trophy Winner
1941
Succeeded by
Frank Sinkwich

Thomas Dudley Harmon (September 28, 1919 - March 15, 1990) was a star player of United States college football and a sports broadcaster. ... 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. ... Frank Sinkwich(October 10,1920-October 22,1990) won the Heisman Trophy in 1942 while playing at the University of Georgia from 1940-1942. ...

External links

  • Gophersports.com: Bruce Smith biography
  • College Football Hall of Fame: Bruce "Boo" Smith biography
  • Heisman.com: 1941 Heisman Trophy winner
  • Win Brockmeyer: Brockmeyer's letter to the College Football Hall of Fame about Bruce Smith

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Bruce Smith (Heisman) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (274 words)
Bruce P. Smith (February 8, 1920 – August 28, 1967), nicknamed "Boo", was an American football player best known for winning the Heisman Trophy in 1941.
Smith was born in Faribault, Minnesota where he excelled in prep football under legendary football coach Win Brockmeyer and then attended the University of Minnesota.
He was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 1967, and spent the next several months visiting young cancer patients with the Rev. William Cantwell.
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