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Tom Harmon

American Football Player and Broadcaster Tom Harmon

Full Name: Thomas Dudley Harmon
Profession: American Football Player and Broadcaster

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Tom Harmon was the typical American all-rounder excelling at football, war service and sports broadcasting.

In a glittering college football career he played halfback for the University of Michigan 1938-1940 leading the nation in scoring and as a consensus All-American in 1939 and 1940 he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and the Associated Press Athlete of the Year award in 1940.

Following service in WWII as a pilot in the US Army Air Force, Harmon returned to play 2 seasons of pro football for the LA Rams and had the longest run from scrimmage during the 1946 NFL season.

Moving into broadcasting Harmon was the play-by-play announcer for the first televised Rose Bowl in the late 1940s and worked for CBS 1950-1962 and UCLA Football in the 1960s and 1970s. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

Born: September 28, 1919
Birthplace: Rennselaer, Indiana, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Libra

Died: March 15, 1990 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1940-09-28 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
  • 1940-09-28 Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
  • 1940-11-25 Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon's #98
  • 1940-11-27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • 1940-12-10 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears

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