He played in a 1934 football game against the University of Michigan and their center Gerald R. Ford, leaving the future president with a distinctive scar under his left eye. [3] In 1935, Berwanger became the first recipient of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, renamed the Heisman Trophy the following year. [2] In 1936, Berwanger became the first player drafted into the National Football League (NFL) in its inaugural 1936 NFL Draft, although he did not play professionally. [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. University of Chicago halfback, known as the one man football team. [8] Fun facts: before fame, family life, popularity rankings, and more. At the University of Chicago he did everything from calling plays, to punting, passing and blocking. 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". 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. Famous Birthdays. 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.[12]. [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. 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. In 1935 he received a telegram informing him that he won a trophy for the most valuable football player east of the Mississippi, which a year later would be called the Heisman. 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. There is also a replica of the Heisman on display in the trophy case in the Nora Gymnasium at Dubuque Senior High School. [6] The Philadelphia Eagles selected him, but did not think they would be able to meet his reported salary demands of $1,000 per game. John Jacob "Jay" Berwanger (March 19, 1914 – June 26, 2002) was an American college football player and referee. Birthplace Iowa . He received 84 votes, finishing ahead of Army's Monk Meyer, Notre Dame's William Shakespeare, and Princeton's Pepper Constable. After graduating, Berwanger worked briefly as a sportswriter and later became a manufacturer of plastic car parts. He won the first ever Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, renamed the Heisman the following year. Berwanger also competed in track and field for Chicago, setting a school decathlon record in 1936 that stood until 2007. [3] The trophy was later bequeathed to the University of Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame, where it is on display. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. 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[10] Instead, he took a job with a Chicago rubber company and also became a part-time coach at the University of Chicago. [5] In college, he was also a brother of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. © FamousBirthdays.com - use subject to the information collection practices disclosed in our Privacy Policy. Boost Birthday March Mar 19, 1914. [7] They traded his negotiating rights to the Chicago Bears for tackle Art Buss. Most Popular. 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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. 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. (Source: http://www.encyclopediadubuque.org/index.php?title=BERWANGER,_Jay ). John Jacob "Jay" Berwanger (March 19, 1914 – June 26, 2002) was an American football halfback born in Dubuque, Iowa. video; trivia; popular; trending; random; Jay Berwanger Football Player #104263. [11] Berwanger later expressed regret that he did not accept Halas' offer.[10]. He is a member of both the Iow… (13) Jay Berwanger played at Dubuque (IA) Senior H.S. Newton. List of Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterbacks, List of Washington Redskins starting quarterbacks, List of Denver Broncos starting quarterbacks. American Football Database is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. After graduating, Berwanger worked briefly as a sportswriter and later became a manufacturer of plastic car parts. [9], 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. The trophy was later bequeathed to the University of Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame, where it is on display. He is a member of both the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame and Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. In 1936, Berwanger was the first player ever drafted into the National Football League in its inaugural 1936 NFL draft. There is also a replica of the Heisman on display in the trophy case in the Nora Gymnasium at Dubuque Senior High School. Facts about Football player Jay Berwanger - age: 88, height, Salary, famous birthday, birthplace, horoscope, fanpage, before fame and family, all about Jay Berwanger's personal life, and more. 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