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Heisman House Berwanger
Heisman House Berwanger
Published: 2015/09/01
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Why The First Ever Draft Pick Said No To The NFL  |  1st  |  Episode 1
Why The First Ever Draft Pick Said No To The NFL | 1st | Episode 1
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: SB Nation
1st Heisman winner in action
1st Heisman winner in action
Published: 2012/12/28
Channel: Brian Cooper
Rites of Autumn: Jay Berwanger and Larry Kelly
Rites of Autumn: Jay Berwanger and Larry Kelly
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Jud
Chicago Football Now 2015 NFL Draft Special - Jay Berwanger and the 1st NFL Draft
Chicago Football Now 2015 NFL Draft Special - Jay Berwanger and the 1st NFL Draft
Published: 2015/05/05
Channel: Chas Alling
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Vala Ola sculpting the Jay Berwanger Monument
Published: 2013/06/23
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How to pronounce Jay Berwanger (American English/US)  - PronounceNames.com
How to pronounce Jay Berwanger (American English/US) - PronounceNames.com
Published: 2015/01/30
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jay berwanger inflatable insole system
jay berwanger inflatable insole system
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: michael govan
Diamond J and the Rough - Nora Jones (live unreleased)
Diamond J and the Rough - Nora Jones (live unreleased)
Published: 2013/10/18
Channel: Too Much Rock
909 in Studio: Darden Smith & Jay Clementi -
909 in Studio: Darden Smith & Jay Clementi - 'Illustrated Man' | The Bridge
Published: 2014/06/11
Channel: 90.9 The Bridge
What position did Jay Berwanger play?
What position did Jay Berwanger play?
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: Sports Trivia
Heisman Trophy Creator Fank Eliscue
Heisman Trophy Creator Fank Eliscue
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: Jerry Johnson
What position did Jay Berwanger play?
What position did Jay Berwanger play?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
Jay BarringerHow many yards was that
Jay BarringerHow many yards was that
Published: 2011/10/29
Channel: Creeer2005
Saluki Spotlight on Jennifer Berwanger
Saluki Spotlight on Jennifer Berwanger
Published: 2010/11/09
Channel: SIUSalukis
When was Jay Berwanger inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
When was Jay Berwanger inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
Published: 2017/10/27
Channel: Sports Trivia
Who did Jay Berwanger play for?
Who did Jay Berwanger play for?
Published: 2017/10/27
Channel: Sports Trivia
How many points did Jay Berwanger score?
How many points did Jay Berwanger score?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
Jeremy Berwanger PRP DTWC Qualifying.wmv
Jeremy Berwanger PRP DTWC Qualifying.wmv
Published: 2012/10/23
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The SAVAGE Football Player That TURNED DOWN The NFL And Made MILLIONS Anyways
The SAVAGE Football Player That TURNED DOWN The NFL And Made MILLIONS Anyways
Published: 2017/10/24
Channel: Overtime
What school did Jay Berwanger play for?
What school did Jay Berwanger play for?
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: Sports Trivia
What school did Jay Berwanger play for?
What school did Jay Berwanger play for?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
Andrew Berwanger - Tuthill
Andrew Berwanger - Tuthill's 30 Days of Thanks
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Tuthill Corporation
What year did Jay Berwanger win the Heisman Trophy?
What year did Jay Berwanger win the Heisman Trophy?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
What year did Jay Berwanger win the Heisman Trophy?
What year did Jay Berwanger win the Heisman Trophy?
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: Sports Trivia
"Unfriended" Teaser #2
"Unfriended" Teaser #2
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: Tana Akers
Rites of Autumn: 1965 Orange Bowl-Alabama v Texas
Rites of Autumn: 1965 Orange Bowl-Alabama v Texas
Published: 2016/06/23
Channel: Jud
Jeremy Berwanger Heat Race DTWC
Jeremy Berwanger Heat Race DTWC
Published: 2012/12/24
Channel: Jeremy Berwanger
Backyard Football | Nissan Heisman House
Backyard Football | Nissan Heisman House
Published: 2015/09/02
Channel: Scott Cleveland
Rites of Autumn: Ten Year War
Rites of Autumn: Ten Year War
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Jud
Jeremy Berwanger
Jeremy Berwanger's '12 DTWC qual lap @ PRP
Published: 2012/10/19
Channel: RWMotorsports18M
Rites of Autumn: Texas-Oklahoma Rivalry
Rites of Autumn: Texas-Oklahoma Rivalry
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Jud
Jeremy Berwanger Ohio Valley Feature
Jeremy Berwanger Ohio Valley Feature
Published: 2012/10/03
Channel: Jeremy Berwanger
Philadelphia Will Host 2017 NFL Draft
Philadelphia Will Host 2017 NFL Draft
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: AP Archive
5320 Berwanger Drive- Sun Room
5320 Berwanger Drive- Sun Room
Published: 2013/07/17
Channel: DesignTheInnovations
100 Greatest College Football Players of All Time
100 Greatest College Football Players of All Time
Published: 2011/05/11
Channel: bornahorn
Jay Watts - Live Life [Live at Maggie Mae
Jay Watts - Live Life [Live at Maggie Mae's - SXSW 2016]
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: Jay Watts
Philadelphia Will Host 2017 NFL Draft
Philadelphia Will Host 2017 NFL Draft
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: AP Archive
Heisman House Commercial
Heisman House Commercial
Published: 2012/11/26
Channel: nflscout10
Jay Lavingia - Tuthill
Jay Lavingia - Tuthill's 30 Days of Thanks
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: Tuthill Corporation
Rites of Autumn: 365 Days a Year
Rites of Autumn: 365 Days a Year
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Jud
What grade was Chicago when he won the Heisman Trophy?
What grade was Chicago when he won the Heisman Trophy?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
Rites of Autumn: Bernie Bierman/Bud Wilkinson/Darrell Royal
Rites of Autumn: Bernie Bierman/Bud Wilkinson/Darrell Royal
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: Jud
The Heat Is On
The Heat Is On
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: La Bouche - Topic
Rites of Autumn: Barry Krauss and the 1979 Sugar Bowl
Rites of Autumn: Barry Krauss and the 1979 Sugar Bowl
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Jud
Rites of Autumn: Cal-Stanford Rivalry
Rites of Autumn: Cal-Stanford Rivalry
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Jud
TH Media Publicity Seminar 2015, Dubuque, Iowa
TH Media Publicity Seminar 2015, Dubuque, Iowa
Published: 2015/06/30
Channel: Brian Cooper
Time Traveler
Time Traveler
Published: 2014/09/28
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
Rites of Autumn: 1945 Army-Notre Dame Game of the Century
Rites of Autumn: 1945 Army-Notre Dame Game of the Century
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Jud
Heisman Heroes: Larry Kelley
Heisman Heroes: Larry Kelley
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: Heisman Trophy
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Jay Berwanger
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Berwanger at University of Chicago in early 1930s
Chicago Maroons
Position Halfback
Class Graduate
Career history
College
High school Dubuque (IA)
Personal information
Born: (1914-03-19)March 19, 1914
Dubuque, Iowa
Died: June 26, 2002(2002-06-26) (aged 88)
Oak Brook, Illinois
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame (1954)

John Jacob "Jay" Berwanger (March 19, 1914 – June 26, 2002) was an American college football player and referee.[1] He was the first winner of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy in 1935 (the following year the award was renamed the Heisman Trophy); the trophy is awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding college football player. Berwanger was a star halfback for the Chicago Maroons football team of the University of Chicago, where he was known as the "one man football team".[2] In 1936, Berwanger became the first player drafted into the National Football League (NFL) in its inaugural 1936 NFL Draft, though he did not play professionally.

College career[edit]

In a 1934 game against the Michigan Wolverines, Berwanger left his mark on Michigan center Gerald Ford in the form of a distinctive scar beneath the future U.S. President's left eye.[3] In 1935, Berwanger became the first recipient of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, renamed the Heisman Trophy the following year. He received 84 votes, finishing ahead of Army's Monk Meyer, Notre Dame's William Shakespeare, and Princeton's Pepper Constable.[4] He was also awarded the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the most valuable player in the Big Ten Conference and earned unanimous All-America honors. Berwanger also competed in track and field for Chicago, setting a school decathlon record in 1936 that stood until 2007.[5]

After college[edit]

In 1936, Berwanger was the first player drafted into the National Football League in its inaugural 1936 NFL draft. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him, but did not think they would be able to meet his reported salary demands of $1,000 per game.[6] They traded his negotiating rights to the Chicago Bears for tackle Art Buss.[7] Berwanger initially chose not to sign with the Bears in part to preserve his amateur status so that he could compete for a spot on the U.S. team for the 1936 Summer Olympics in the decathlon.[8]

After he missed the Olympics cut, Berwanger and Bears' owner George Halas were unable to reach an agreement on salary; Berwanger was requesting $15,000 and Halas' final offer was $13,500.[9] Instead, he took a job with a Chicago rubber company and also became a part-time coach at the University of Chicago.[10] Berwanger later expressed regret that he did not accept Halas' offer.[9]

Later life and honors[edit]

After graduating, Berwanger worked briefly as a sportswriter and later became a manufacturer of plastic car parts. He was very modest about the Heisman Trophy; unsure what to do with the trophy, he left it with his aunt Gussie, who used it as a doorstop.[3] The trophy was later bequeathed to the University of Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame, where it is on display. There is also a replica of the Heisman on display in the trophy case in the Nora Gymnasium at Dubuque Senior High School. He is a member of both the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame and Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

Berwanger died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer at his home in Oak Brook, Illinois, on June 26, 2002, at the age of 88.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1954/10/03/page/124/article/whats-that-referee-up-to
  2. ^ "Jay Berwanger, Chicago Halfback, Voted Outstanding Athlete in the Big Ten". The New London Day. December 6, 1935. p. 21. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Chicago legend passes on; Berwanger dies at age 88". University of Chicago Chronicle. July 11, 2002. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Heisman Trophy – Jay Berwanger – Heisman Winners". heismantrophy.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ "University of Chicago Men's Track & Field Honor Rolls". Athletics.uchicago.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Chicago Bears Granted Option on Jay Berwanger". Milwaukee Journal. February 10, 1936. p. D4. Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Outstanding Pro Linemen Coming Here With Eagles". Reading Eagle. October 29, 1936. p. 24. Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Berwanger is Seeking Berth on Olympic Track Team". The Youngstown Daily Vindicator. Associated Press. December 11, 1935. p. 12. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Kirksey, George (December 11, 1940). "Halas Dominates Pro Football League". Berkeley Daily Gazette. United Press International. p. 23. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Jay Berwanger to Coach at Chicago". The Daily News. June 29, 1936. p. 6. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Berwanger, first winner of Heisman Trophy, dies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. June 28, 2002. p. 2B. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 

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