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Jay Berwanger

Jay BerwangerAKA John Jay Berwanger

Born: 19-May-1914
Birthplace: Dubuque, IA
Died: 26-Jun-2002
Location of death: Oak Brook, IL
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Remains: Buried, Bronswood Cemetery, Oak Brook, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Football

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First Heisman Trophy winner

Military service: US Navy (Air Corps flying instructor, WWII)

First winner of the Heisman Trophy, and in 1936 Berwanger was the first player drafted by the NFL. After the Chicago Bears refused his demand of $25k (to be paid over two years), Berwanger decided to stay out of the sport.

Father: John Berwanger (blacksmith)
Wife: Philomela Baker (m. 1940, d. 1975, two sons, one daughter)
Son: John Jay Berwanger (lawyer)
Son: Cuyler Berwanger (high school guidance counselor)
Daughter: Helen Berwanger Tierney (restaurant owner)
Wife: Jane Fulton Temple (m. 1984, d. 1998)

    University: University of Chicago

    Heisman Trophy 1935
    Psi Upsilon Fraternity


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