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Baltimore Classics: The Colts Win The 1958 NFL Championship
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6th Annual Ameches 2004 Atlanta
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6th Annual Ameches Baltimore 2009
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When was Alan Ameche inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
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Alan Ameche
refer to caption
circa 1954
No. 35
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1933-06-01)June 1, 1933
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Died: August 8, 1988(1988-08-08) (aged 55)
Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Kenosha (WI) Bradford
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 4,045
Rushing average: 4.2
Rushing touchdowns: 40
Player stats at NFL.com

Lino Dante "Alan" Ameche (/əˈm/; June 1, 1933 – August 8, 1988), nicknamed "The Iron Horse", or simply "The Horse", was an American football player who played six seasons with the Baltimore Colts in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and won the Heisman Trophy during his senior season in 1954. Ameche was elected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the league. He is famous for scoring the winning touchdown in overtime in the 1958 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants, labeled "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

With colleague and former Colts teammate Gino Marchetti, Ameche founded the Gino's Hamburgers chain.[1] He also founded the Baltimore-based Ameche's Drive-in restaurants.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Ameche's parents were Italian immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1930s, although they returned for a year to Italy during his childhood. The family then returned to Kenosha, where he attended Kenosha High School. Ameche was a cousin of noted actors Don Ameche and Jim Ameche.

College career[edit]

Ameche earned All-America honors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he played linebacker as well as fullback in 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 per carry. He played in the program's first bowl game, the 1953 Rose Bowl, as a sophomore, rushing for 133 yards on 28 carries. Ameche won the Heisman Trophy in 1954, the first player to do so in program history.[2][3][4]

Ameche is one of six Wisconsin football players to have a number retired by the program (35) and enshrined on the Camp Randall Stadium façade as of 2008: fellow Heisman winner and current career rushing record holder Ron Dayne (33), Elroy Hirsch (40), Dave Schreiner (80), Allan Schafer (83), and Pat Richter (88) are the others. Ameche was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1967, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975,[2] and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2004.

NFL career[edit]

Ameche was the third overall selection of the 1955 NFL draft and 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), and the only rookie named to the Associated Press All-Pro team in 1955.[5] Ameche averaged 4.2 yards per carry over his career, and held the record for rushing yards in his first three NFL games until Carnell "Cadillac" Williams passed it in 2005.

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 with 6:45 left in overtime as the Colts beat the Giants, 23-17. It was his second touchdown of the day as he also scored a TD on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. His overtime touchdown was the last in championship history until Super Bowl LI, when James White scored at 3:58 of overtime as the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34–28.

Due to an Achilles tendon injury in December 1960,[6][7][8] Ameche finished a relatively short six-season NFL career with 4,045 rushing yards, 101 receptions for 733 yards and 44 touchdowns. He is one of only five players named to the National Football League 1950s All-Decade Team not elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2015, the Professional Football Researchers Association named Ameche to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2015.[9]

Business career[edit]

Ameche's Drive-in was a fast-food restaurant chain based in Baltimore, Maryland founded by Alan Ameche.[10][11] Ameche's had five locations. All were located in Baltimore or the Baltimore suburbs:

The restaurants were known for "no charge" carry out service, signature "Powerhouse" hamburgers[12] ("A banquet on a bun") essentially a Big Mac (1968), about 8 years ahead of time, and "Cheerleader" sandwiches (hot ham and Swiss cheese with mustard) and their onion rings.[11] The Loch Raven and Taylor location was open during the Summer of 1960. The Powerhouse sandwich was the featured item. The restaurants were typical drive-ins, with car side order boxes. Your order was delivered by a carhop who attached a tray to the lowered window. The company trademark was a Big Boy-like football player (#35) running through the uprights carrying a hamburger. The company slogan was "Meetcha at Ameche's!"[11] Ameche's restaurants were informally known by many teenaged patrons as "UM-cheez."

See also[edit]

Death[edit]

Ameche had undergone triple bypass surgery at age 46 in 1979.[1] He died of a heart attack in 1988 at age 55 at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, a few days after undergoing another heart bypass surgery, under the care of Dr. Michael DeBakey.[13] He is interred at Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Richman, Milton (November 30, 1982). "Alan Ameche atypical of former pro players". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. UPI. p. 22. 
  2. ^ a b "Alan Ameche, who won for Colts in 1958, among 8 chosen for hall of fame". Gettysburg Times. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. February 12, 1975. p. 15. 
  3. ^ Berghaus, Bob (August 9, 1988). "Ameche recalled as a great player and great person". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1C. 
  4. ^ Wolf, Ron (August 11, 1988). "Ameche valued friends, not glory". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1C. 
  5. ^ "Alan Ameche only rookie on pro team". Spencer Daily Reporter. Iowa. Associated Press. January 6, 1956. p. 5. 
  6. ^ "Alan Ameche to quit Colts; injury cause". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. June 21, 1961. p. 1, final. 
  7. ^ "'Horse' quits after 6 yrs". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 22, 1961. p. 1, part 2. 
  8. ^ "Colts fullback Ameche retires from gridiron". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. June 22, 1961. p. 29. 
  9. ^ "Professional Researchers Association Hall of Very Good Class of 2015". Retrieved November 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ Klein, D. (2008). The Game of Their Lives: The 1958 NFL Championship. Taylor Trade. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-58979-384-2. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c Patterson, T.; Smith, D.; Remsberg, E.H.; Gibbons, M.; Berry, R. (2013). Football in Baltimore: History and Memorabilia from Colts to Ravens. Football in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. pt176. ISBN 978-1-4214-1237-5. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ Bell, U.; Borges, R. (2017). Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America's Game. University of Nebraska Press. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-4962-0459-2. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Alan Ameche dies". The Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. Associated Press. August 9, 1988. p. 38. 

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