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1936 - 2nd Award
Larry Kelley
Yale End

Larry Kelley scored at least once in every game against the Bulldogs' traditional rivals, Harvard and Princeton. His sensational pass catching ability accounted for 15 Yale touchdowns, and he was a defensive giant in the years he played at Yale. In his sophomore season, the rangy 6' 1 end brought Princeton's long string of victories to an end when he caught a pass on the tips of his fingers and defeated the Tigers 7-0. After Yale, Larry went into the educational field, teaching and coaching. World War II ended that year, and after the war he tried his hand at the "cold, tough, business world," doing well, as it turned out. Then the field of secondary education beckoned again and he joined the faculty of the Peddie School in New Jersey as teacher, coach, and administrator. Larry passed away on June 27, 2000.

Larry was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1969.

The Voting







1Larry KelleyYaleSeniorEND213
2Sam FrancisNebraskaSenior 47
3Ray BuividMarquetteSeniorHB46
4Sammy BaughTexas ChristianSeniorQB40
5Clint FrankYaleJuniorQB33
6Ace ParkerDukeSeniorHB28
7Ed WidsethMinnesotaSeniorT25

Larry Kelley was a clear winner in the East, South, Midwest and Far West. Others in the vote in 1936 with less the 25 points were Fred Vanzo of Northwestern, Gaynell Tinsley of Louisiana State, and Alex Wojciechowicz of Fordham (a member of the fabled Seven Block of Granite, a line that once included Vince Lombardi).

No. of registered electors: 195
Date of announcement: 1 December, 1937
Date of dinner: 16 December, 1937

The positions within each region for the top five candidates:





Far West


* Ed Goddard of Washington State
** George Karamatic of Gonzaga

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