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Jimmy Hill
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73 years old
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Karen Q Gormley
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63 years old
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I was looking for my great uncle John Albert Quigley (J.A.) (Tommy) Tomlin who played for the Giants in the 20's or 30's. I saw this sight and had to join!


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tro
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Avid sports autograph collector, I find this site to be a great resource for historical information. As my research continues I hope to add to the information found here.



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Jim Kouzmanoff
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I am the son of Tommy Kouzmanoff, who is now deceased. He was a sports writer for the Chicago American. Plus he officiated high school and college football; and, high school and college and professional basketball. In 2017 he was inducted into the Athletic Officials Association Football Division's Hall of Fame. He was also the first person inducted in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame for two different reasons: journalist and official.


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while searching for Univ. of IL football information.


Lou Essick
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73 years old
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I am Lou Essick, a Pilot Instructor with Delta Airlines. I taught Darrell here on the B-727 back in the 80’s. I just just wanted to say hello to Darrell, and to find out how he is doing. Thanks. Lou Essick
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Searching for Darrell


Frank The Bodyguard
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63 years old
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Life long fan, season ticket holder, able to go to ''walk on training camp'' didn't make it tho   :)


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Redskin player


Buckeye
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Urla
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57 years old
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I study San Jose State College's athletic program between 1920 and 1969. The program, which is well known for the stance taken by two of its athletes, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, on the podium at the 1968 Olympic Games, offered coaching opportunities to people of color decades ahead of most U.S. colleges.

Attached is a picture of SJSC's head football coach, Dr. Dudley DeGroot, and his staff. DeGroot, a 1924 Olympian, was a well-known ornithologist. He also brought the first Black football players to the Spartans' campus during the mid-to-late 1930s.

DeGroot coached the Washington Redskins during the early 1940s. I am trying to locate any pictures I can find of him. I did see one on this site where he was in an airplane going over game plans with his team.

The photo includes (l-r) Walt McPherson, DeWitt Portal, Bill Hubbard, DeGroot, Pop Warner, and Wallace Denny.



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Online search for former San Jose State College's Coach Dudley DeGroot


coach tj
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69 years old
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Judy Smith
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Google search for 1966 Green Bay Packers


Debra Kilpatrick
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I looked up Ed Culpepper's name


sorens1
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I am an Illinois historian who is writing the profiles of all of the men associated with the 1920 & 1921 Decatur/Chicago Staleys for the new A.E. Staley Museum in Decatur, IL

http://staleymuseum.com/staleys-bears/ ;

I am a past president of the Illinois State HIstorical Society.


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Bob Evenson
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83 years old
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Owner, Ouzo Game Company


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Browsing Internet


R.E.Armington
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65 years old
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Friends with Tom Rychlec


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Grayburch
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47 years old
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Grandson of Frank Ziegler - currently live in Acworth Georgia.


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Dobbs
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internet search


Swede
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85 years old
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Dtr in Law
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Gary E Howard
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28 years old
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Ray Pelfrey is my cousin on my dad's side, his mother and my dad were brother and sister.

In the early 1950's we watched on TV  as Ray played for the Greenbay Packers. His record indicates a great year haing 37 receptions. He was traded the next year to the Dallas Cowboys as Frank Gifford came to play for Greenbay. I was talking with Ray at his dad's funeral in 1965  (my uncle Robert winner of the "Silver Star" in WWI) and Ray told me this story. While attendsing Portsmouth High (Ohio) he tried to go out for football but the coach would have none of it because Ray had not yet sprouted up. But Ray as he told me hung around the field and while the guys were in a huddle he would grab the football and take off with it while the coach was yelling "get that kid and bring that football back here". It was only then that they got a glimpse of what was to come...No one could catch him.   Later on in life I was working at my last job part time maintanence at Newport High School, Newport Kentucky when I got a real look into Ray's high school days of football. We had an older man that worked there and during a conversation with him he related to me that he went to Portsmouth high during WWII and knew Ray very well and even still had his "Year books from Portsmouth" I asked him if he could bring it to work sometime and he did. Ray's picturesa and football exploits carried the whole story of all that he did and it was a great story of him scoring 2-3-4 touchdowns in almost every game. It was awsome to look at and to read. I have not spoken with Ray in years but I wish him well. Rays younger brother Charles Franklin Pelfret (my buddy) died last summer may he rest in Peace.

     I was a Newport Kentucky Police Officer when this pic was taken in 1963

       Thank you for this site    gary Howard


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65TossPower
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66 years old
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A child of the 50's.....still believe the Golden Age of pro football was the 50's, 60's and 70's.


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Saw something about it when looking up info on an older player.

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