Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Andy Kerr

Andy Kerr

Details

  • Position: Coach
  • School: Stanford, Washington & Jefferson, Colgate, Lebanon Valley
  • Years: 1922-1949
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Cheyenne, WY
  • Date of Birth: Oct 07, 1878
  • Place of Death: Tucson, AZ
  • Date of Death: Mar 01, 1969

Member Biography

Andy Kerr became the arch-apostle of the lateral pass. In fact, he was the first coach to emphasize the downfield lateral, a rugby tactic which was to revolutionize American football offenses. "The public likes razzle-dazzle," he would explain, "but I use laterals mostly as whip-crackers beyond the scrimmage line - not behind it...it serves to keep tacklers off balance." A mathematics teacher, Kerr learned his football as an assistant coach under Pop Warner at Pitt and Stanford and several observers felt Kerr taught the double-wing better than Warner. Kerr went on to a 26-year coaching career, compiling an overall record of 137-71-14 during campaigns at Stanford (1922-1923), Washington & Jefferson (1926-1928), Colgate (1929-1946) and Lebanon Valley (1947-1949). He hit the jackpot at Colgate when his 1932 team finished undefeated, untied, unscored-upon...and uninvited to the Rose Bowl. Kerr served 40 years with the Shrine East-West All- Star game at San Francisco, 23 years as East Coach, 1928- 50, and 17 years as chairman of East Player selection Committee, 1951-67. Andy Kerr was born Oct. 7, 1878, and died March 1, 1969. He attended Dickinson College.