Norm Van Brocklin

Norm Van Brocklin

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Norman Mack "Norm" Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), nicknamed "The Dutchman", was an American football player and coach. He was also a first rate punter in college and in the NFL. Van Brocklin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

Early life

Van Brocklin was born in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, He played high school football at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California.

Van Brocklin served in the United States Navy from 1943 through 1945.

College career

Van Brocklin led the Oregon Ducks to a 16-5 record as a starter, including tying with Cal for the 1948 title of the Pacific Coast Conference, forerunner of the Pac-10. Oregon did not go to the Rose Bowl, however, because Cal was voted by the other schools to represent the PCC in the game. Among the Cal voters was the University of Washington, which elevated the intensity of the Oregon-Washington rivalry. Oregon received an invitation to play SMU in the 1949 Cotton Bowl Classic, which they accepted. It was the first time that a Pacific Coast team played in a major bowl game other than the Rose Bowl. SMU won 20–13."Year-by-Year Bowl Facts", Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book, National Collegiate Athletic Association, p. 366, 2007. That season, Van Brocklin was honored with an All-America selection and finished...
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