The 1957 Big Ten Conference football season was the 62nd season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1957 NCAA University Division football season.
The 1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, won the conference championship with a 7-0 conference record (9–1 record overall), was ranked No. 1 in the final Coaches' Poll, and defeated Oregon in the 1958 Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes were ranked No.2 in the final AP Poll, but were also declared national champion by the FWAA poll. Ohio State back Don Clark led the conference with 737 rushing yards. Guard Aurealius Thomas was a first-team All-American.
The 1957 Michigan State Spartans football team, under head coach Duffy Daugherty, compiled an 8–1 record and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP and UPI polls. Michigan State back Walt Kowalczyk and center Dan Currie were selected as consensus first-team All-Americans. Kowalczyk led the conference with 54 points scored, and Currie was selected as the team's most valuable player.
The 1957 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, under head coach Forest Evashevski, finished third in the Big Ten with a 7–1–1 record and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP Poll. Iowa tackle Alex Karras was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. Quarterback Randy Duncan led the Big Ten with 1,124 passing yards and 1,183 total yards.
Michigan halfback Jim Pace won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the conference's most valuable player.
William Kermit Jobko (October 7, 1935 – December 18, 2004) was a collegiate, and professional American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League. Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 7th round (80th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, he played nine seasons for the Rams (1958–1962), the Minnesota Vikings (1963–1965) and the Atlanta Falcons (1966). Jobko died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
William Gaius Lapham (February 2, 1934 – November 8, 2016) was an American football center who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings. He was drafted by the Eagles in the fourteenth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He was also drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 1960 American Football League draft as well as by the Vikings in the 1961 NFL expansion draft. Lapham first enrolled at Drake University before transferring to the University of Iowa. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa. He died in Des Moines in 2016 at the age of 82.
Bobby Lee Gordon (December 7, 1935 – August 16, 1990) was an American football defensive back who played one season with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League (AFL). He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the sixth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Tennessee and attended Giles County High School in Pulaski, Tennessee.
Charles Robert Jackson (born March 3, 1936) is a former American football defensive back who played one season with the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern Methodist University and attended Paris High School in Paris, Texas. Jackson was also a member of the Dallas Texans of the American Football League.
Clendon Thomas (born December 28, 1935) is a former American football halfback and Defensive back who played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
In college, he was a star athlete for the Oklahoma Sooners under coach Bud Wilkinson. He led the Sooners in scoring during both the 1956 and 1957 seasons, while also leading the nation in the category during the 1956 season. He helped lead the Sooners to back-to-back national championships in 1955 and 1956. He was an All-Conference selection his junior and senior years and was a consensus All-American his senior year. He also finished in ninth place in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season (the award was won by John David Crow that year).In the 1958 NFL Draft, Thomas was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round. He played for the Rams for four seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played for another seven years and finished his career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1963 NFL season.
Thomas was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.After retiring from football, Thomas had various business ventures. In 1978, he founded Chemical Products Corporation in Oklahoma City. The company manufactured water repellents treatments for concrete and similar surfaces. It was a pioneer in the use of siloxane-based chemistry.
Darrell Charles Dess (born July 11, 1935 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at North Carolina State University where he was an All Conference guard and was drafted in the eleventh round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Redskins.
Edward Grey Cooke (born May 3, 1935) is a retired American football defensive end and linebacker who played in both the National Football League and the American Football League. In 1966, with the AFL's Miami Dolphins, he was selected to the AFL All-Star Team. He played college football at Maryland and was drafted in the third round of the 1958 NFL Draft.
Ezra Eugene Gossage (February 17, 1935 – May 1, 2011) was an American and Canadian football player who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Philadelphia Eagles. He won the Grey Cup with the Tiger-Cats in 1963. He played college football at Northwestern University and was drafted in the 1958 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles (Round 28, #328 overall). He died in 2011 at the age of 76.
George Rogers Shirkey (born August 20, 1936) is a former American football defensive tackle who played three seasons in the American Football League with the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixteenth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stephen F. Austin State University and attended Fort Stockton High School in Fort Stockton, Texas.
Jerry Gale Cornelison (born September 13, 1936) is a former gridiron football offensive tackle who played professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the American Football League (AFL).
Although he was selected by the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) in the 1958 NFL Draft, Cornelison began his professional career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He then played five seasons in the AFL, from 1960 to 1965, for the Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs. In 1962, he was an AFL All-Star at offensive guard.
Jim Matheny (born February 16, 1936) is a former American football center who played one season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the 20th round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles and attended Pasadena High School in Pasadena, California. Matheny was also a member of the Houston Oilers of the American Football League.
James Ninowski, Jr. (born March 26, 1936) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He played college football at Michigan State University and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. After he retired from the NFL, he worked in several businesses in and around Detroit, MI
Ninowski is married to Judith Ann Ohm. They have two children; son Jeffery Scott born in 1959, and daughter Julie Anne born in 1965. He and his wife reside in Troy, MI.
John Paul Guzik III (July 12, 1936 – January 22, 2012) was an American football linebacker who played three seasons in the National Football League and American Football League with the Los Angeles Rams and Houston Oilers. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. Guzik played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and attended Cecil Township High School in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He was a Consensus All-American in 1958. He was a member of the Houston Oilers team that won the 1961 AFL championship.
Lenny Lyles (January 26, 1936 – November 20, 2011) was a professional American football defensive back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He started in Super Bowl III for the Baltimore Colts. The 6-2, 202-pound Lyles was recruited by the University of Louisville in 1954, when he broke the school's color barrier for scholarship athletes. Lyles remains Louisville's all-time scoring leader for a non-kicker with 300 points. After a successful collegiate career, where Lyles was known for his return skills, he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He spent one year with the Colts before joining the 49ers in 1959. After two seasons in San Francisco, Lyles returned to the Colts where he remained until the end of his career in 1969. Lyles finished his professional career with 2,161 return yards and averaged 26.7 yards per return. Lyles spent 27 years as an executive with Brown & Williamson in Louisville.
Raymond Lloyd "Ray" Brown (September 7, 1936 – December 25, 2017) was a professional American football defensive back in the National Football League. After playing college football for the Ole Miss Rebels, he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 5th round (50th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft. He played three seasons for the Baltimore Colts (1958–1960), and was a member of their back-to-back world championships in 1958 and 1959.In 1962, Brown graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Mississippi Law Journal. He then clerked for a year for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark. Brown died on December 25, 2017, in Gautier, Mississippi, at age 81.
Willard Charles Dewveall (April 29, 1936 – November 20, 2006) was an American football end, the first player to jump from the National Football League to the American Football League.
He left the Chicago Bears of the NFL after the 1960 season to play for the AFL champion Houston Oilers. He was the only one to switch leagues for five years, until kicker Pete Gogolak went from the AFL to the NFL in 1966.In 1962, Dewveall caught the (then) longest pass reception for a touchdown in professional football history, 98 yards, from Jacky Lee, against the San Diego Chargers. He was an American Football League All-Star in 1962.
He was Dandy Don's favorite receiver, and All-American at SMU.
Selected by the Bears in the second round of the 1958 NFL draft, Dewveall played a year in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1958 under head coach Bud Grant, and they won the Grey Cup. He returned to the United States and played for the Bears for two seasons in 1959 and 1960.
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