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Encyclopedia > Tom Harmon
Tom Harmon
Date of birth September 28, 1919
Place of birth Flag of United States Gary, Indiana
Date of death March 15, 1990
Position(s) Halfback
College Michigan
NFL Draft 1941 / Round 1/ Pick 1
Awards 1940 Heisman Trophy
Statistics
  • DatabaseFootball
Team(s)
1946-1947 Los Angeles Rams
College Hall of Fame

Thomas Dudley Harmon (September 28, 1919 - March 15, 1990) was a star player of United States college football, a sports broadcaster, and patriarch of a family of American actors. September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... This article is about the city in Indiana, for other uses of Gary, see Gary (disambiguation). ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian 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). ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UM or U of M) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... 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 1941 NFL Draft was held on December 10, 1940. ... 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 St. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ...

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Early life

Born in Gary, Indiana, Harmon played college football at the University of Michigan from 1938-1940, he majored in English and Speech, hoping for a future career in broadcasting, and won the Heisman Trophy his senior season. Although he made his name as a running back, he also excelled as a kicker and quarterback. Harmon rushed for 2,134 yards during his career at Michigan, completed 100 passes for 1,304 yards and 16 touchdowns, and scored 237 points. This article is about the city in Indiana, for other uses of Gary, see Gary (disambiguation). ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UM or U of M) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... 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. ... 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. ... Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, or an eligible receiver catches a forward pass in the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both...


In his final game, against Ohio State Harmon led the Wolverines to a 40-0 victory, scoring three rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns, four extra points, intercepting three passes, and punting three times for an average of 50 yards. He led the nation in scoring in 1939 and 1940, and was elected to the College Football All-America Team both years. In 1940, he won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award both given to the outstanding college football player of the year. The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Ohio. ... In American football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ... Todd Sauerbrun punts the ball for the Carolina Panthers. ... The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective position. ... 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 Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ...


While on campus, he was an active member of the Michigan Alpha Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Years later, the national fraternity leadership established the Harmon-Rice Award in his honor (the Rice name in the award honored Grantland Rice) that is presented each year to the most outstanding Phi Delt collegiate athlete in the nation. Phi Delta Theta (ΦΔΘ) is an international fraternity founded in 1848 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. ... Grantland Rice (November 1, 1880–July 13, 1954) was an early 20th century American sportswriter. ...


NFL draft

Harmon was taken by the Chicago Bears with the first selection in the NFL Draft, but chose not to play football professionally at that time. After graduating college he had a brief career as an actor, starring as himself in the biopic Harmon of Michigan. He appeared occasionally in films throughout the forties and fifties. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White 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... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ...


World War II

During World War II Tom Harmon enlisted as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He was twice forced to bail out after his airplane was hit with enemy fire, once walking without food and water for four days before being rescued in China. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. 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... An aviator is a person who flies aircraft for pleasure or as a profession. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... A Purple Heart medal For the plant genus, see Purpleheart. ... The Silver Star is the fifth highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, and the third highest given for valor (in the face of the enemy). ...


Pro Football career

From 1946-1947 Harmon played football professionally with the Los Angeles Rams, but wartime injuries to his legs limited his effectiveness. He focused his professional career as planned on being a sports broadcaster on radio and television, one of the first athletes to make the transition from player to on camera talent. In 1954, Harmon was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... City St. ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ...


After football

Tom Harmon married actress Elyse Knox, and much of their family entered show business. He is the father of actress Kristin Nelson, who at seventeen married recording artist Ricky Nelson, and of actress Kelly Harmon. His son is actor Mark Harmon, who is married to actress Pam Dawber, and he is the grandfather of twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, who perform as the rock and country music act Nelson, and of actress Tracy Nelson. Elyse Knox, YANK magazine, 1943 Elyse Knox (born December 14, 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American actress. ... Kristin (Harmon) Nelson (born June 25, 1945) is an American actress and painter. ... Ricky Nelson can also refer to Ricky Nelson (wrestler) or Ricky Lee Nelson, baseball player. ... Mark Harmon Main title caption for Flamingo Road. ... Pam Dawber (born October 18, 1951 in Farmington Hills, Michigan) is an American actress. ... Matthew Nelson is an American musician. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Matthew Nelson. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Nelson is a glam metal band founded by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (the twin sons of Ricky Nelson. ... Tracy Nelson is best known for playing the part of Sister Stevie (the sidekick of Father Dowling in the tv show of Father Dowling Mysteries) that starred Tom Bosley of Happy Days fame and the late Mary Wickes. ...


Tom Harmon died of a heart attack on March 15, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, aged 70. March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ...


References

Pat Zacharias, Wolverines' Legendary Tom Harmon, The Detroit News


College HOF bio

Preceded by
Nile Kinnick
Heisman Trophy Winner
1940
Succeeded by
Bruce Smith

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