Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

John Outland

John Outland


  • Position: Tackle/Halfback
  • School: Kansas, Pennsylvania
  • Years: 1895, 1897-1899
  • Inducted: 2001
  • Place of Birth: Hesper, KS
  • Date of Birth: Mar 17, 1871
  • Place of Death: Laguna Beach, CA
  • Date of Death: Mar 24, 1947
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 192

Member Biography

John Outland had never played football. One day in 1895 he was watching football practice at the University of Kansas. Some players saw him standing on the sideline and asked him to put on a uniform and try out for the team. He made it. Outland moved to the University of Pennsylvania to study for a medical degree. He lettered on the football team from 1897-99, was captain in 1898. Walter Camp named him All-America tackle in 1897, All-America halfback in 1898. Pennsylvania had a 15-0 record in 1897, 12-2 in 1898, and 8-3 in 1899. Dr. Outland returned to Kansas to practice medicine and coach football. He coached Franklin and Marshall in 1900, Kansas in 1901, Washburn from 1904-05, and Haskell Indian School in 1906. He was director of athletics at Kansas and in 1923 founded the Kansas Relays. He was on the teaching staff at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He served in the Army Medical Corps in World War I with the rank of major. Outland was a popular speaker at football meetings. He often commented that interior linemen (tackles, guards, centers) should receive more recognition for their performance. In 1946 the Football Writers Association initiated the Outland Award, named for him, to honor the nation's best interior lineman. Outland was born March 17, 1871 in Hesper, Kansas. He died March 24, 1947 in Laguna Beach, California.