John T. Bunyan
Date of Birth: September 7, 1905, in Hartford, Connecticut
Date of Death: September 13, 1989, in West Hartford, Connecticut (84 years old)
His nickname during his football career was 'Moose'.
Moose Bunyan attended Williston Academy High School.
He died while in St. Mary's Home in West Hartford, Connecticut. He is buried
in the Calvary Cemetery, Holyoke.
Did you know?
John Bunyan was with Edwin Hill, star halfback of New York University in 1929 when he
was killed in a playful struggle for a policeman's revolver on May 7, 1929 in New York.
Bunyan and Hill were on the N.Y.U. campus and stopped to talk to police officer Joseph
Green. It was reported that Edwin Hill saw a couple of girls walking down the street and
he asked Officer Green for his nightstick to "chase them away". Green refused and they
started to "friendly struggle" back and forth.
During the struggle, Hill grabbed his service revolver from its holster and when Green
attempted to get it back, the weapon discharged. The bullet pierced Edwin Hill in his
left breast, killing him instantly.
Officer Joseph Green was absolved of any criminal blame in the incident. John Bunyan
corroborated the Officer Green's story.
1929 Staten Island Stapletons (NFL)
1930 Staten Island Stapletons (NFL)
1932 Staten Island Stapletons (NFL)
1932 Brooklyn Dodgers (NFL)
New York University (NYU)