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Encyclopedia > Jay Berwanger
Jay Berwanger
Date of birth March 19, 1914(1914-03-19)
Place of birth Flag of the United States Dubuque, Iowa
Date of death June 26, 2002
Position(s) Running back
College Chicago
NFL Draft 1936 / Round 1/ Pick 1
Awards 1935 Heisman Trophy
College Hall of Fame

John Jay Berwanger (March 19, 1914 - June 26, 2002) was an American football player born in Dubuque, Iowa. He was the first winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1935 — at that time awarded to the best player east of the Mississippi River. Berwanger had been a star at the University of Chicago under coach Amos Alonzo Stagg (both of whom were members of the Psi Upsilon fraternity). In a 1934 game against the University of Michigan, Berwanger left his mark on Michigan center Gerald Ford in the form of a distinctive scar beneath the future President's left eye.[1] is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: , Country State County Dubuque Incorporated 1833 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Roy D. Buol  - City manager Michael C. Van Milligen Area  - City 71. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... A diagram showing typical football positions In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... “Heisman” redirects here. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: , Country State County Dubuque Incorporated 1833 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Roy D. Buol  - City manager Michael C. Van Milligen Area  - City 71. ... “Heisman” redirects here. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ... The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Psi Upsilon (ΨΥ, Psi U) is the fifth oldest college fraternity, founded at Union College in 1833. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, UM or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan, and one of the foremost universities in the United States. ... For other persons named Gerald Ford, see Gerald Ford (disambiguation). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ...


In 1936, Berwanger was also the first player to be drafted by the National Football League in its initial college draft; he was selected first overall by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he chose not to turn professional and never played in the NFL. NFL redirects here. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952...


After graduating, Berwanger was a sportswriter and later became a manufacturer of plastic car parts. He was very modest about the Heisman and used the trophy as a doorstop in his library. The trophy was later bequeathed to the University of Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame, where it was on display as of 2007. There is also a replica of the Heisman on display in the trophy case in the Nora Gymnasium at Dubuque Senior High School. 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Preceded by
First award
Heisman Trophy Winner
1935
Succeeded by
Larry Kelley

“Heisman” redirects here. ... Lawrence Morgan Larry Kelley (May 30, 1915 – June 27, 2000) was an American football player born in Conneaut, Ohio. ...

External links

  • University of Chicago News Office: Jay Berwanger obituary
  • College Football Hall of Fame bio

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Jay Berwanger, first winner of the Heisman Trophy, 1914-2002 (1302 words)
Jay Berwanger, football star at the University of Chicago and first winner of the Heisman Trophy, died Wednesday night, June 26, at 8:45 p.m.
Berwanger’s list of nicknames was just as long: "Genius of the Gridiron," "the One-man Team," "the Flying Dutchman" (though his ancestry was actually German) and "the Man in the Iron Mask" (because he wore a special face guard to protect his twice-broken nose).
Berwanger is survived by his three children: John Jay, a retired lawyer who graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1967; Cuyler, a high school guidance counselor; and Helen Berwanger Tierney, a restaurant owner in Onaway, Mi.
Psychology of... Jay Berwanger (195 words)
John Jay Berwanger (March 19, 1914 - June 26, 2002) was an American football player born in Dubuque, Iowa.
Berwanger had been a star at the University of Chicago under coach Amos Alonzo Stagg (both of whom were members of the Psi Upsilon fraternity).
In 1936, Berwanger was also the first player to be drafted by the National Football League in its first college draft; he was selected first overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.
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