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Bronko Nagurski
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Football Player
    (November 3, 1908-January 7, 1990)
    Born in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada
    Birth name was Bronislau Nagurski
    Running back/offensive tackle/defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears (1930-37,1943)
    Inducted into the College Football (1951) and Pro Football (1963) Halls of Fame
    Namesake for the Bronko Nagurski trophy awarded to the best defensive player in college football
    He played a game wearing a corset under his uniform. (Granted, it was to protect his injured back, but still: A corset?)
    When Bears owner George Halas refused to increase his salary, he quit football and became a pro wrestler.
    He later dismissed wrestling as 'degrading' and 'foolish.'
    After retiring from wrestling, he became increasingly reclusive, saying 'I want people to remember me the way I was and not the way I am.'
    He was named an All-American at both tackle and fullback the same year (1929).
    He was the only NFL player named All-Pro at three positions: defensive lineman, offensive lineman and running back.
    University of Minnesota coach Clarence Spears said, 'That boy could've been an all-American at all eleven positions.'
    New York Giants coach Steve Owen said, 'Defend him? There's only one way to defend him: shoot him before he leaves the dressing room.'
    He was married to Eileen Kane for 53 years until his death.

Credit: C. Fishel

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