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Football Player
    (September 28, 1919-March 15, 1990)
    Born in Rensselaer, Indiana
    Football player and sportscaster
    Attended University of Michigan
    Heisman Trophy winner (1940)
    Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1954)
    Halfback for the Los Angeles Rams (1946-47)
    Appeared in the films 'Harmon of Michigan' (1941), 'Triple Threat' (1948), 'Bonzo Goes to College' (1952), 'The Caddy' (1953), 'The All American' (1953), 'An Annapolis Story' (1955) and 'Return to Campus' (1975)
    Provided 10-minute sports broadcasts for the ABC and American Information radio networks
    On TV, covered UCLA football, ten British Opens and five Olympics
    Father of actor Mark Harmon
    Grandfather of actress Tracy Nelson and singers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson
    Suffered a fatal heart attack at age 70 shortly after playing 18 holes of golf
    He was chosen by the Chicago Bears as the #1 draft pick (1941), but he instead signed with the New York Americans of the rival AFL.
    When he did sign with an NFL team, it was mainly to earn enough money to pay off a tax bill from the IRS.
    In most of his movies, he played a broadcaster or the role of 'Tom Harmon.'
    He was the TV pitchman for Kellogg's Product 19 cereal.
    He earned fourteen letters in four sports in high school, winning state championships in the 100-yard dash and 220-yard hurdles.
    He scored 33 touchdowns in three seasons, breaking the college record of 31 held by Red Grange.
    He joined the US Army Air Corps during World War II, earning the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
    He survived bailing out during a tropical storm over Dutch Guiana and being shot down over Japanese-occupied China.
    He was the play by play announcer for the first telecast of the Rose Bowl.
    He was modest about his achievements, with Mark noting, 'It was a kid at the park who told me my dad won the Heisman.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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