Inducted: January 17, 1976 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth: September 1, 1930 near Berne, IN
High School Attended: Portland Graduated: 1948
High School Honors: MVP basketball; did not play football until senior year; captain of basketball and football teams; #3 player for Indiana HS All-Star Team.
College Attended: Purdue University Graduated: 1953
College Honors: Team MVP in football 1952; co-Big Ten football champions 1952; selected to College All-Stars; also played basketball.
Professional Athletic Background: Drafted in 2nd round by Chicago Cardinals but traded to Cleveland; played for Cleveland 1953-1958; played for Pittsburgh Steelers 1959-1960.
Professional Athletic Honors: Cleveland won 5 Division Championships and 2 World Championships during his time with team; Pro Bowl selection as a tight end in 1955 and 1956; named to Cleveland Browns 100 Best All-Time Players.
Coaching Experience: Assistant coach for receivers with Minnesota Vikings 1961-1963; assistant receiver coach with Kansas City Chiefs 1964-1974.
Coaching Honors: While with Kansas City Chiefs, coached in first Super Bowl; team was defeated by Green Bay Packers; returned to 1969 Super Bowl and beat Minnesota Vikings.
Outstanding Players Coached: Paul Flatley with Minnesota Vikings and Rookie of the Year 1962; Mike Garret with Kansas City Chiefs and Rookie of the Year 1965; Otis Taylor of Kansas City Chiefs and Rookie of the Year in 1965.
Special Recognition: Inducted into Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame in basketball and football; inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 1998; Portland HS football field named in his honor in 2012.