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September 18, 2010 by staff 

Big Ten Network, The Big Ten Network has named Bronko Nagurski International Falls as Big Ten Icon No. 21. The announcement was made Thursday.

Big Ten Network icons are the most ambitious initiative, multi-platform to date, and the program – hosted by Keith Jackson – his debut today after a television show “Big Ten Network football in which No Icon # 20 will be revealed. Icons 50-21 have already been revealed.

Countdown continues to 8 pm every Tuesday evening until the end of the football season and spring. The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be announced around basketball 2011 Big Ten Men’s Tournament.

The University of Minnesota, 1927-29 Nagurski favorites, will also pay tribute to football legend Sept. 25 in conjunction with Bronko honored as an icon. Not only the host university many family members and Nagurski planning multiple events, but the state says the Bronko Nagurski Day. Here’s the test on the Big Ten icons website speaks legendary giant International Falls:

The legend Bronko Nagurski of Minnesota lives forever

By Dan McGrath

The contribution of special Big Ten Network

The story might be apocryphal. The creation, after all, Minnesota, where the legend of Paul Bunyan’s original, so it’s probably as plausible as most wire stories from Minnesota around the fireplace during those long cold winters.

Dr. Clarence “Doc” Spears, football coach at the University of Minnesota, is a recruiting trip to the remote region of the state North Woods in 1926. Irretrievably lost on a dirt road, unmarked, he saw a young man plowing a field without using a horse or a mule. He asked to go to the nearest village, and the boy picked up the plow and muscled leads the way with him.

Britney, to say the least, was impressed. Borislau “future Bronko” Nagurski was ordered: The son of Ukrainian immigrants, who was born in Rainy River, Ontario, and moved to International Falls in nine years, Nagurski would play football at Minnesota.

“That boy could have been an All-American in every 11 jobs,” said Britney.

For a time it appeared as if this was the plan for him in Minnesota. A big man in the age of 6 feet 2 inches and 230 pounds, Nagurski played four positions for the Gophers: end, tackle, guard and rear. Woody Hayes would have loved as a back – three yards and a pile of bodies was his approach, instead of three yards and a cloud of dust.

“Just before tacklers arrived to me, I knocked ‘em in the road and keep on racing,” said Nagurski once to describe his style.

It played defense like momentum, like crunching hits ballcarriers enemy became a specialty of his Nagurski defensive tackle position.

The waffles are 18-4-2 in his three seasons and won the Big Ten in 1927. A victory over Wisconsin’s 1928 best illustrates the dominance in both directions Nagurski. He recovered a fumble at the 17-yard line in Wisconsin in the fourth quarter of a tight game and carried the ball six times before scoring straight ahead touchdown. He then intercepted a pass on the final possession of the Badgers’ to seal the victory.

In 1929 he became the first college player to make All-America at two positions, fullback and defensive tackle. Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne said he could play all 11 positions. “Bronko “writes Grantland Rice of” Four Horsemen “Fame” is the only man I’ve seen who can lead his specific intervention. ”

George Halas hired for the Bears in 1930, Nagurski and the legend continued to grow, as he turned professional. The great Red Grange of the University of Illinois has been one of his teammates, and they formed a devastating combination of thunder and lightning in the Bears backfield. Nagurski added passing to his offensive repertoire, often stopping just under platers massed to meet him at the line of scrimmage and returning the ball to a receiver Bears. It was at the NFL fullback in five of his nine seasons, although Halas believed in spreading the wealth among his back and Nagurski rarely carried more than 10 times per game. Thus, he had a little energy left to block and play defense.

“When you hit him in the ankle, it was almost like having an electric shock,” Grange said. “If you hit above the ankle, you were probably getting killed.”

Despite the Bears success, Halas maintained a tight payroll in those days of depression, and Nagurski took too professional wrestling to increase its revenues. He won three championships heavy and remained active until 1960, when he tired of the emphasis on sport to rig the show biz on legitimate competition and retirement.

Although it remains a symbol of hard, punishing, physical football, Nagurski was by nature a meek, devoted family man who preferred the quiet, quiet life in northern Minnesota and returned after retiring sport. He bought a gas station in International Falls and also worked as a fishing guide. A son, Bronko Jr., was a star Defensive lineman at Notre Dame and played several years in the CFL.

It may have moved the football but the game have never forgotten. When the College Football Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1951, was elected Nagurski founding member. In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio. Nagurski was admitted as a founding member. In 1969, the Pro Football Writers Association voted him into the All-Time NFL. In 1979, the University of Minnesota has removed his jersey No. 72. Since 1995, the college football’s Defensive Player of the year was known as the Bronko Nagurski Award.

Fitting tributes to “the best football player of all time”, that Red Grange.

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