Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Alan "The Horse" Ameche

Alan "The Horse" Ameche


  • Position: Fullback
  • School: Wisconsin
  • High School: Kenosha, WI (Bradford HS)
  • Years: 1951-1954
  • Inducted: 1975
  • Place of Birth: Kenosha, WI
  • Date of Birth: Jun 01, 1933
  • Place of Death: Houston, TX
  • Date of Death: Aug 08, 1988
  • Jersey Number: 35
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 215

Member Biography

Known as "The Horse," Alan Ameche was one of college football's greatest fullbacks. The winner of the 1954 Heisman Trophy, Ameche held the NCAA record for career rushing yards at the time of his graduation. In the 1951 season he became the first freshman to lead the Big Ten in rushing. Ameche duplicated his rushing feat the following year as the Badgers were Big Ten co-champions and Wisconsin made its first trip to the Rose Bowl. Despite a 113 yard performance by "The Horse," Wisconsin was defeated 7-0 by Southern California. In 1953 Ameche won his first All-America award and the Wisconsin Most Valuable Player Award. As a senior in 1954 Ameche was named as a unanimous All-America. In addition to being two-time All-America he was a two-time Academic All-America. As a professional player with the Baltimore Colts he scored the winning touchdown in the 1958 NFL championship game, the first "sudden death" game in NFL history. He was a four-time All-Pro selection.
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