College Football Hall Of Fame Remembers Red Grange

The immortal Red Grange<br>
The immortal Red Grange

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Oct. 7, 2005

College football fans, in particular Fighting Illini fans, will want to take a look at the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's This Week in College Football History this week.

As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, the organization's website takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 137 years. Throughout the season, many of these items are depicted in a changing exhibit at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

Here's a portion of this week's feature. Check out the full offering at This Week in College Football History (Oct. 3-9).

Featured Moment

A Legend Bursts Onto the College Gridiron

October 6, 1923: Any debate about the greatest college running back of all-time must consider the legendary Harold "Red" Grange. Given the nickname "The Galloping Ghost" by noted writer Grantland Rice following a dominating performance against Michigan in 1924, Grange captivated the public with his breathtaking speed and elusiveness in the open field. He even appeared on the cover of Time Magazine on October 5, 1925.

But the legend of Red Grange really began on October 6, 1923, in his first collegiate football game against Nebraska. Grange punished the Cornhusker defense for touchdown runs of 50, 35 and 12 yards in a 24-7 Illini victory. A charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Grange's combined rushing total in high school, college and professionally would reach almost 34,000 yards.

Editor's note: Due to Illinois' "off week" (no football game next week), there will be a slight change in the schedule of features here. Jared Gelfond's "Bleeding Orange and Blue," which would normally appear today, has been moved to Monday, Oct. 10.