Ox Emerson

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Gover Conner “Ox” Emerson (December 18, 1907 – November 26, 1998) was an American football player.

Born and raised in rural East Texas, Emerson played high school football at Orange High School. He later played starting left guard on the Texas Longhorns team of 1929 and 1930 under coach Clyde Littlefield. He garnered all-Southwest Conference honors in 1930. He expected to play for the Longhorns in the 1931 season and was to be the team captain but he had participated in two plays with the varsity in the 1928 Baylor game and was declared ineligible for the 1931 season.

He began his pro career with the Portsmouth Spartans in 1931 for a salary of $75 per game. In 1934 joined the Detroit Lions. With Emerson blocking and leading the way the 1936 Lions team set a rushing record of 2,885 yards in a twelve-game season that lasted 36 years. It was finally broken by the Miami Dolphins in 1972 in a fourteen-game season. Emerson retired in 1937 to become line coach under Potsy Clark for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but then briefly returned as player.

Finally retiring in 1939, Emerson returned to Detroit, working in the Personnel Department of the Ford Motor Company and coaching at Wayne State University. During World War II he served his country in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He served on the Aircraft carrier USS Block Island which was sunk in the Atlantic by a German submarine. Transferred back to the United States, Emerson coached the......
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