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John Heisman

American Football Coach John Heisman

Profession: American Football Coach

United States of America

Biography: Most famous as an American football coach, Heisman also coached baseball and basketball.

He was also a college football player, a sportswriter and actor

Nicknamed the "pioneer of Southern football", Heisman legalized the forward pass and originated the center snap.

The Heisman Trophy is named after him.

Born: October 23, 1869
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: October 3, 1936 (aged 66)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1916-10-07 Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeats Cumberland, 222-0; most lopsided score in the history of US college football

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