Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch (1991)

Football & Adminstration

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  • A brilliant triple-threat halfback who led the 1942 Badgers to an 8-1-1 record, second place in the Big Ten and third in the final Associated Press poll
  • His number 40 is retired at the UW
  • Played two intercollegiate seasons at Michigan and is the only Wolverine athlete to letter in four sports (football, basketball, track and baseball)
  • Named Most Valuable Player in the 1946 College All-Star Game
  • Started his professional football career with the Chicago Rockets and later starred for the Los Angeles Rams
  • One of the all-time great wide receivers, Hirsch is a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame (inducted in 1968)
  • Set an NFL record during the 1951 season with 1,495 yards, 66 catches and 17 touchdowns helping the Rams to the championship
  • Ended his professional career with 7,029 career receiving yards and was a key member of the Rams’ revolutionary “three end” offense in 1949
  • Member of the NFL’s All-Time All-Star team
  • Voted to Wisconsin’s All-Time Football Team in 1969
  • Named to Halls of Fame for the State of Wisconsin, the National Football Foundation and the Madison Pen and Mike Club-Bowman Sports Foundation
  • Served as Wisconsin’s Director of Athletics from 1969-87