From the Pro Football Hall of Fames website. William Walter Heffelfinger was born on Dec. His father was in the shoemaking business and dabbled in real estate. Pudge played baseball and football at Central High School in Minneapolis before making his way to Yale University where he attended the school from 1888 to 1891. His exceptional and natural athletic ability earned him legendary status on campus very quickly.Playing on both the offensive and defensive lines, Heffelfinger was named to Walter Camps All-American Team three times. Yale was a major football power during that time and Heffelfinger helped lead the team to undefeated seasons in 1888 and 1891 accompanying one-loss seasons in 1889 and 1890. The 1888 team amazingly outscored their opponents 698-0 that season (see its season results below). Heffelfinger, at 6-foot-3 200 pounds, was especially big for that era and towered over his opponents. His size allowed him to wreak havoc on opposing lines where it was said he would typically take out two to three players at a time. He also is credited with introducing the pulling guard play.
Famous sportswriter Grantland Rice once referred to Heffelfinger as the greatest guard of all-time. By the time his days at Yale had finished, Pudge not only lettered in football, but he also lettered in baseball, rowing, and track. Following his days at Yale, Heffelfinger began a career in coaching where he made stops at the University of California, Lehigh University, and the University of Minnesota.
His fame as the games first documented professional player surfaced after his death. Pudge, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, died on April 2, 1954 at the age of 86. Heffelfinger was featured in the 1955 Topps All American Set. Presented is a government postcard, addressed to Bill Beall with a postmark of December 29,1949, that is signed by Heffelfinger with the inscription, "With Best Wishes for a Happy New Year".His autograph is rare in any format and is one of the more important members of the College Football Hall of Fame. The football card is a stock image and is not included with the sale of the autograph. Baseballs, footballs, etc we pack items in boxes using bubble wrap, popcorn, heavy paper to again, ensure that your package arrives to you safe and sound. This is not a for profit part of our business.
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