Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

George "Tank" McLaren

George "Tank" McLaren


  • Position: Fullback
  • School: Pittsburgh
  • High School: Pittsburgh, PA (Peabody HS)
  • Years: 1915-1918
  • Inducted: 1965
  • Place of Birth: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: Aug 29, 1896
  • Place of Death: Towson, MD
  • Date of Death: Nov 13, 1967
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

During four varsity seasons as a Pitt fullback, McLaren was never thrown for a loss. More importantly, the Panthers only lost one game while McLaren wore a Pitt uniform, winning a total of 30 decisions, and the national title in 1916. Coach Glenn "Pop" Warner called that 1916 team the finest Pitt team in history, and few would dispute the statement. The Panthers then rolled over several national powers that year and did not surrender a single point. The following season, McLaren led the Panthers to a 10-0-0 record and established single season school records when he scored 13 touchdowns and rushed for 782 yards. His 91-yard TD against Syracuse became a long- standing record for the longest run from scrimmage. McLaren won All-America laurels in 1917 and again in 1918, when he served as captain of the Panther team and was also president of his senior class. After college, McLaren became a coach and athletic administrator before joining the industrial relations division of a Baltimore firm.