Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Sid Luckman

Sid Luckman

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Columbia
  • High School: Brooklyn, NY (Erasmus Hall HS)
  • Years: 1936-1938
  • Inducted: 1960
  • Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY
  • Date of Birth: Nov 21, 1916
  • Place of Death: N. Miami Beach, FL
  • Date of Death: Jul 05, 1998
  • Jersey Number: 42
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

Sid Luckman played left halfback for Columbia from 1936 to 1938. He ran, passed, punted, kicked extra points, called signals and played safety on defense. In his first game, he ran 40 yards for a touchdown and threw passes for two touchdowns against Maine. In his senior year he led Columbia to a 20-18 upset of Army. Luckman returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, threw two touchdown passes and kicked an extra point. Columbia was only 3-6 that year but the Sporting News named him as an All-America halfback. Luckman never played in the T formation in college but the Chicago Bears drafted him because he was a great passer. They made him a T formation quarterback, and in 1940 he helped the Bears to their greatest victory, a 73-0 walloping of the Washington Redskins in the NFL championship game. His college coach, Lou Little, had said, "there is no better back in football." In 1960 both Luckman and Little were inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Luckman played twelve years with the Bears, threw 139 touchdown passes, was all-pro four times, league Most Valuable Player in 1943,was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965. He coached at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY. He died July 5, 1998.