Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Elmer "Ollie" Oliphant

Elmer "Ollie" Oliphant


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Purdue, Army
  • High School: Linton, IN (Linton HS & Washington HS)
  • Years: 1911-1917
  • Inducted: 1955
  • Place of Birth: Bloomfield, IN
  • Date of Birth: Jul 09, 1892
  • Place of Death: New Canaan, CT
  • Date of Death: Jul 03, 1975
  • Height: 5-7
  • Weight: 180

Member Biography

A man for all sports and an exceptional achiever in each, "Ollie" Oliphant played a brand of swivel-hipped football which would never be forgotten. Born in Bloomfield, Indiana, Oliphant started his college career at Purdue, where he won letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. But it was later, at Army, that his competitive versatility posed an unusual problem for the Academy's athletic council. Until Oliphant's arrival, only two cadets, George Patton and George Beavers, had won letters in three major sports. Elmer won four, forcing the athletic council to design a special monogram which remains the only one of its kind. During a career at Purdue, Oliphant developed his swirling, wriggling style of ball-carrying. But it was his toe which provided one of Purdue's most dramatic victories. Oliphant had suffered a broken ankle early in a game with Illinois, yet returned to action and kicked a field goal that defeated the Illini, 3-0. At Army, Oliphant established Academy records for most points in a single game (45), and most points in a season (125).