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Thomas John 'Tom' Roggeman


Tom Roggeman

Indiana Football Hall of Fame 1992

Date of Birth: September 5, 1931, in Mishawaka, Indiana ( years old)


He is one of the Oldest Living Professional football players

Did you know?

Roggeman joined the Marine Corps in 1953 and played for base football team in Quantico,

Virginia.  The team won the All-Marine Corps Championship and Eastern Division

All-Service Championship, before losing to Fort Ord (Army) in the All-Service National

Championship game by the score of 55-19.  This game was also known as the Poinsettia

Bowl, played at The Fort Ord U.S. Army post located in Monterey Bay, California,

by the score of 55-19.  The game was played on December 19, 1953.


While coaching linebackers at the University of Southern California (USC),

he came to be known in as 'Uncle Fester', for his resemblance to the character

in the television series The Addams Family.

As well as a great playing career, he was also a very accomplished coach.  He had

coaching tenures at, USC, Purdue University, University of Cincinnati, University

of Louisville and South Bend’s Washington High School.



1956 Chicago Bears (NFL)

1957 Chicago Bears (NFL)


Purdue University