|Born: June 13, 1903|
|Died: January 28, 1991 (aged 87)|
Lake Wales, Florida
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame|
|College Football Hall of Fame|
Harold Edward "Red" Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991) was a professional and college American football player. In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time A running back ( RB) is the position of a player on an American or Canadian football team who usually lines up in the offensive backfield. In team Sports the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the Number Events 1525 - Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the Celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for Year 1903 ( MCMIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar or a Common year starting Forksville is a borough in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, United States. Events 1077 - Walk to Canossa: The Excommunication of Henry IV Holy Roman Emperor is lifted Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. Lake Wales is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 10194 at the 2000 census In an organised Sports league, a season is the portion of one Year in which regulated Games of the sport are in session The 1925 NFL season was the 6th Regular season of the National Football League. The 1934 NFL season was the 15th Regular season of the National Football League. This is a List of Athletic Conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA This article is about the flagship campus For other uses and locations of University of Illinois, see University of Illinois (disambiguation The University of The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. The 1925 NFL season was the 6th Regular season of the National Football League. The New York Yankees were a professional American football team from 1926 to 1928 The 1926 NFL season was the 7th Regular season of the National Football League. The 1927 NFL season was the 8th Regular season of the National Football League. The 1929 NFL season was the 10th Regular season of the National Football League. The 1934 NFL season was the 15th Regular season of the National Football League. A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football. This is a list of all NFL players who had outstanding performances throughout the 1920s and have been compiled onto this fantasy group The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. This article is about the flagship campus For other uses and locations of University of Illinois, see University of Illinois (disambiguation The University of Events 1525 - Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the Celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for Year 1903 ( MCMIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar or a Common year starting Events 1077 - Walk to Canossa: The Excommunication of Henry IV Holy Roman Emperor is lifted Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, Colleges and military academies American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with He was a charter member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend Indiana, USA is a hall of fame and museum devoted to College football. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the Hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL In 2008, he was named the greatest college football player of all time by ESPN. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to
Grange was born in Forksville, Pennsylvania as the third child of Sadie and Lyle Grange. Forksville is a borough in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, United States.  His father was the foreman of three lumber camps.  When he was five, his mother died and his father moved the family to Wheaton, Illinois, where four brothers had settled. Wheaton is an affluent community located in DuPage County Illinois, approximately west of Chicago and Lake Michigan.  When they arrived, Grange’s father worked hard and became the chief of police.  At Wheaton High School, he earned 16 varsity letters in four sports (football, baseball, basketball, and track) during each of the four years he attended, notably scoring 75 touchdowns and 532 points for the football team. Wheaton Warrenville South High School, or WWSHS, and locally referred to as "South" is a public four-year High school located at the corner of  As a high school junior, Grange scored 36 touchdowns and led Wheaton High School to an undefeated season. In his senior year his team won every game but one, which was lost 39-0 to Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio. Jesup Wakeman Scott High School is a Public high school located in Toledo Ohio. This article is about the city in Ohio, USA. For Toledo Spain, see that article  It was in this game that Grange was knocked unconscious and remained so for two days, even having difficulty speaking when he awoke. It was the only time he was seriously injured playing football. 
To help the family earn money he worked a part time job as an ice toter for $37. 50 per week, a job which helped him build his core strength (and is the source of the sometimes used nickname "Ice Man", or "the Wheaton Ice Man"). 
After graduation Grange enrolled in the University of Illinois, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. This article is about the flagship campus For other uses and locations of University of Illinois, see University of Illinois (disambiguation The University of The Zeta Psi Fraternity of North America was founded June 1, 1847 as a social college fraternity.  He had initially planned to play only basketball and track but changed his mind once he arrived. In his first collegiate football game, he scored three touchdowns against Nebraska. A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football. The Nebraska Cornhuskers represent the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in College football.  In seven games as a sophomore he ran for 723 yards and scored twelve touchdowns, leading Illinois to an undefeated season and the 1923 Helms Athletic Foundation national championship. The Helms Athletic Foundation was an athletic foundation based in Los Angeles, founded in 1936 by Bill Schroeder and Paul Helms 
Grange vaulted to national prominence as a result of his performance in the October 18, 1924, game against Michigan. Events 1009 - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid Year 1924 ( MCMXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Michigan Wolverines football program represents the University of Michigan. This was the grand opening game for the new Memorial Stadium, built as a memorial to University of Illinois students and alumni that served in World War I. Memorial Stadium is a football Stadium located in Champaign Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All  He returned the opening kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown, and scored three more touchdowns on runs of 67, 56 and 44 yards in the first twelve minutes.  This four-touchdown first quarter outburst equaled the number of touchdowns allowed by Michigan in the previous two seasons.  After sitting out the second quarter, Grange returned in the second half to run 11 yards for a fifth touchdown and passed 20 yards for a sixth score as Illinois won 39-14 to end Michigan's 20-game unbeaten streak. He totaled an 402 yards - 212 rushing, 64 passing and 126 on kickoff returns. 
The game inspired Grantland Rice to write the following poetic description:
A streak of fire, a breath of flame
Eluding all who reach and clutch;
A gray ghost thrown into the game
That rival hands may never touch;
A rubber bounding, blasting soul
Whose destination is the goal — Red Grange of Illinois!
However, it was Chicago sportswriter Warren Brown who nicknamed Grange, "The Galloping Ghost. Grantland Rice ( November 1, 1880 &ndash July 13, 1954) was an early 20th century American sports-writer. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. This article is about the American sportswriter For the politician please see Warren Brown Warren Brown ( January 3, 1894 " When questioned in a 1974 interview, "Was it Grantland Rice who dubbed you the Galloping Ghost?" Grange replied, "No, it was Warren Brown, who was a great writer with the Chicago's American in those days. Chicago's American, an afternoon Newspaper in Chicago, Illinois, was the last flowering of the aggressive journalistic tradition depicted in "
As a college senior, in a 24-2 upset of the University of Pennsylvania, Grange rushed for a career-high 237 yards through deep mud and scored three touchdowns. The University of Pennsylvania (also known as Penn) is a private University located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Laurence Stallings, a famed war correspondent who had co-written What Price Glory? was hired to cover the game for the New York World. Laurence Stallings ( November 25, 1894 - February 28, 1968) was an American Playwright, Screenwriter, Lyricist After Grange accounted for 363 yards, Stallings said, "This story's too big for me. I can't write it. "
In his 20-game college career, he ran 388 times for 2,071 yards (5. College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, Colleges and military academies 3 average), caught 14 passes for 253 yards and completed 40-of-82 passes for 575 yards. Of his 31 touchdowns, 16 were from at least 20 yards, with nine from more than 50 yards.  He earned All-America recognition three consecutive years, and appeared on the October 5, 1925, cover of Time. An All-American "team" is an honorary Sports team composed of outstanding Amateur players those considered the best players of a specific season for Events 869 - The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople Year 1925 ( MCMXXV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For other uses see Time (disambiguation Time is a component of a measuring system used to sequence events to compare the durations of 
His number 77 was retired at the University of Illinois in 1925. It remains one of only two retired numbers in the history of University of Illinois football, the other being the number 50 worn by Dick Butkus. The Illinois Fighting Illini are a major College football program Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus (born 9 December 1942) is a former American football player widely regarded as the greatest Linebacker
|I was interviewing George Halas and I asked him who is the greatest running back you ever saw. And he said, 'That would be Red Grange. ' And I asked him if Grange was playing today, how many yards do you think he'd gain. And he said, 'About 750, maybe 800 yards. ' And I said, 'Well, 800 yards is just okay. ' He sat up in his chair and he said, 'Son, you must remember one thing. Red Grange is 75 years old. '|
Chris Berman on ESPN's SportsCentury show
He signed with the NFL's Chicago Bears the day after his last college game; player/manager George Halas agreed to a contract for a 19-game barnstorming tour which earned Grange a salary and share of gate receipts that amounted to $100,000, during an era when typical league salaries were less than $100/game. Christopher ("Boomer" James Berman (born May 10, 1955 in Greenwich Connecticut) is an American sportscaster ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. George Stanley Halas Sr ( February 2 1895 &ndash October 31 1983) nicknamed "Papa Bear" and "Mr  That 67-day tour is credited with legitimizing professional football in the United States. In the 1920s, college football was far more popular than professional football. Fans preferred cheering on a college alma mater than professional paid athletes. Grange is credited with changing that view and bringing professional football into the mainstream.
On December 6, 1925, more than 65,000 showed up at the Polo Grounds to watch Grange, helping save the New York Giants' franchise. Events 1060 - Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary 1240 - Mongol invasion of Rus: Kiev Year 1925 ( MCMXXV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York City suburb of East Rutherford New Jersey. Grange scored a touchdown on a 35-yard interception return in the Bears' 19-7 victory. Offensively, he ran for 53 yards on 11 carries, caught a 23-yard pass and completed 2-of-3 passes for 32 yards. 
Grange became involved in a dispute with the Bears and left to form his own league, the American Football League, to challenge the NFL. The league only lasted one season, after which Grange's team, the New York Yankees, was assimilated into the NFL. Grange suffered a serious knee injury against the Bears, which robbed him of some speed and his cutting ability. After sitting out 1928, Grange returned to the Bears, where he was a solid runner and excellent defensive back through the 1934 season.
The two highlights of Grange's later NFL years came in consecutive championship games. In the unofficial 1932 championship, Grange caught the game winning touchdown pass from Bronko Nagurski. Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski ( November 3, 1908 &ndash January 7, 1990) was an Canadian American football player In the 1933 championship, Grange made a touchdown saving tackle that saved the game and the title for the Bears.
Grange's manager C. C. Pyle realized that as the greatest football star of his era, Grange could attract moviegoers as well as sports fans. During his time as a professional football player, Grange starred in two silent films "One Minute to Play" (1926) and "Racing Romeo" (1927). Grange also starred in a 12 part serial series "The Galloping Ghost" in 1931.
Grange retired from professional football in 1934, earning a living in a variety of jobs including motivational speaker and sports announcer. Athletics June 9 &mdash Swiss runner Lina Aebersold sets a new word record in the women's 20 km walk in Zürich: 15902 A motivational speaker is a professional speaker who makes speeches intending to lift up and motivate their audiences An announcer is a Voice actor who works in Television, Radio or Film, usually providing Narrations News updates Station Grange married his wife Margaret, nicknamed Muggs, in 1941 and they were together until his death in 1991. She was a flight attendant, and they met on a plane. Flight attendants or cabin crew (historically known as stewards air hosts/hostesses or stewardesses) are members of an Aircrew The couple had no children. 
Grange developed Parkinson's disease in his last year of life and died on January 28, 1991 in Lake Wales, Florida. Parkinson's disease (also known as Parkinson disease or PD) is a degenerative disorder of the Central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's Events 1077 - Walk to Canossa: The Excommunication of Henry IV Holy Roman Emperor is lifted Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. Lake Wales is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 10194 at the 2000 census
His autobiography, first published in 1953, is The Red Grange Story (1993 paperback edition: ISBN 0-252-06329-5). Athletics Marathon September 12 &mdash Enschede Marathon, Netherlands Men's Winner The year 1993 in literature involved some significant events and new books The book was written "as told to" Ira Morton, a syndicated newspaper columnist from Chicago.
His legacy lives on, however. In the 1950s, he visited Abington Senior High School (in Abington, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia). Abington Senior High School is a three year Co-educational High school (Grades 10 to 12 located in Abington, Pennsylvania. Abington Township may refer to several places in the United States Abington Township Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Abington Township Montgomery Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə Shortly thereafter, the school adopted his nickname for the mascot in his honor, the Galloping Ghost. Also, Wheaton Warrenville South High School's football field is named in his honor. Wheaton Warrenville South High School, or WWSHS, and locally referred to as "South" is a public four-year High school located at the corner of
On January 15, 1978, at Super Bowl XII, Grange became the first person other than the game referee to toss the coin at a Super Bowl. Events 588 BC - Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah 's reign Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Super Bowl XII was an American football game played on January 15, 1978 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana In American football, an official is a person who has responsibility in enforcing the rules and maintaining the order of the game Coin flipping or coin tossing is the practice of throwing a Coin in the air to resolve a Dispute between two parties or otherwise choose between two alternatives professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL
To commemorate college football's 100th anniversary in 1969, the Football Writers Association of America chose an all-time All-America team. The Football Writers Association of America ( FWAA) is one of the organizations whose College Football All-America Team is recognized by the NCAA Grange was the only unanimous choice.  Then in 1999, he was ranked number 80 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Sporting News (previously The Sporting News, and known colloquially as TSN) is an American -based Sports In 2008, Grange was also ranked #1 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.