Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Thurman "Fum" McGraw

Thurman "Fum" McGraw

Details

  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Colorado State
  • High School: Paonia, CO (Paonia HS)
  • Years: 1946-1949
  • Inducted: 1981
  • Place of Birth: Garden City, KS
  • Date of Birth: Jul 17, 1927
  • Place of Death: Ft. Collins, CO
  • Date of Death: Sep 13, 2000
  • Jersey Number: 48
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 235

Member Biography

He was born in Garden City, Kansas, and he blossomed into a mountain of a man, standing 6-5 and weighing 235-pounds. Thurman McGraw was fresh from action with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II when he enrolled at Colorado State in 1946. And it didn't take long before he began making his mark as an exceptional football talent. Working diligently at his game, McGraw called upon lessons learned as a boxer and wrestler to fashion himself into a special breed of football player. His arm strength was crushing to opposing players and his agile style developed through wrestling served him well when fending off enemy linemen. Colorado State finished a dismal 2-7-0 in McGraw's freshman season, but things would change quickly. As a sophomore, McGraw helped his Rams post a 5-4-1 mark - the team's best record in 11 years. Then, in 1948, everything came together for Colorado State, and the Rams posted surprising upsets over rivals Utah State, Wyoming, Brigham Young and arch rival Colorado. The 1949 campaign, McGraw's last as a four- year letterman, was even better for the Rams as they logged an impressive 9-1-0 record marred only by a loss to Wyoming. After graduation, McGraw joined the Detroit Lions and captured Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors.