Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Ed "Big Ed" Widseth

Ed "Big Ed" Widseth


  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Minnesota
  • High School: McIntosh, MN (McIntosh HS)
  • Years: 1934-1936
  • Inducted: 1954
  • Place of Birth: Gonvick, MN
  • Date of Birth: Jan 05, 1910
  • Place of Death: St. Paul, MN
  • Date of Death: Dec 03, 1998
  • Jersey Number: 77
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 220

Member Biography

One of Minnesota's greatest tackles, Ed Widseth "lived" in enemy backfields and was unquestionably the pillar of strength in the Gopher line during a truly remarkable era. In each of Widseth's varsity seasons, the Gophers claimed national championships. They lost but once in 24 games, the blemish a 6-0 upset decision to Northwestern in 1936. He was a three- time All-America tackle; in 1936 he was captain and was voted Minnesota's Most Valuable Player. A slashing, driving invader, Widseth used his 6-2 220-pound body to pummel opposing players, relentlessly advancing until the ball-carrier was within his grasp and quickly felled. Widseth also won two baseball letters as a first baseman and pitcher for Minnesota. He played professionally with the New York Giants 1937- 1940; an injury ended his career. Widseth coached St. Thomas College 1945-1946; his team won the Minnesota College Conference title both years.