Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Pug "Pug" Lund

Pug "Pug" Lund


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Minnesota
  • High School: Rice Lake, WI (Rice Lake HS)
  • Years: 1932-1934
  • Inducted: 1958
  • Place of Birth: Rice Lake, WI
  • Date of Birth: Apr 18, 1913
  • Place of Death: Minneapolis, MN
  • Date of Death: May 26, 1994
  • Jersey Number: 45
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

It was Minnesota's ball, fourth down and four yards to go at the Pittsburgh 17. Time was running out when Gopher back Pug Lund found himself clutching a teammate's lateral and looking for daylight. Then he spotted end Bob Tenner in the open field, fired a strike to the rangy receiver and Minnesota suddenly had the touchdown which beat Pitt, 13-7, and ignited a Gopher charge to a perfect eight-game record and the National Championship. Lund averaged almost six yards per carry and passed with uncanny accuracy during that 1934 season, earning repeat laurels as an All-American. However, he was more than a limelight performer. Lund was a magnificent blocking back, blessed with a feel for play flow and timing. He was also an indestructible athlete, as Minnesota coach Bernie Bierman was quick to proclaim. "He was our spark plug," Bierman said. "He was battered and broken up, teeth knocked out, finger amputated, thumb broken, and through all that he carried on. Our opponents might break him in two, but they couldn't stop him." Hall of Fame coach Bierman would later call Lund the greatest competitor he had ever seen. Few Big Ten opponents would argue the point, for Lund left his imprint in the sod of many a gridiron across the land. He was, indeed, the ideal football player.