Paul Governali

Paul Vincent "Pitchin' Paul" Governali (January 5, 1921 – February 14, 1978) was a professional American football quarterback in the National Football League. An All-American at Columbia University, he was the 1942 recipient of the Maxwell Award for College Player of the Year and the first runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. At quarterback, he passed for 1,442 yards in nine games that season, threw 19 passes for touchdowns, and completed 52 percent of his passes, all new collegiate records. He was also among the leading punters in the nation. He still holds the Columbia record for touchdown passes in one game (five).

After graduating in 1943, he passed up offers from both professional baseball and football teams to enlist in the US Marines, where he served for three years.

He went on to play for the National Football League's Boston Yanks and New York Giants (1946-1948).

After a lackluster 1948 season, Governali retired from professional football and returned to Columbia, where he worked as an assistant coach while pursuing his doctorate in education, which he received in 1951.

He returned to coaching football at San Diego State University for five years from 1956 to 1960. The Aztecs had a lackluster record during those years and Governali was succeeded by Don Coryell, who led them to their best years.

Governali was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Paul Governali also had a minor stint as an actor, portraying a professional football player in the 1948 movie titled, "Triple Threat."[1]

Paul Governali was married to Edna Governali with whom they had 4 children: Paul, Jeannie, Nicole, and Sam.

Paul Governali
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Governali, c. 1940
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:January 5, 1921
Bronx, New York
Died:February 14, 1978 (aged 57)
San Diego, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:New York (NY) Evander Childs
College:Columbia
NFL Draft:1943 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
San Diego State Aztecs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1956–1960)
1956 San Diego State 4–3–2 2–1 T–2nd
1957 San Diego State 2–7 0–2 5th
1958 San Diego State 3–5 2–3 4th
1959 San Diego State 1–6–1 0–5 6th
1960 San Diego State 1–6–1 0–5 6th
San Diego State: 11–27–4 4–16
Total: 11–27–4

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0332850/?ref_=tt_cl_t15

External links

1942 College Football All-America Team

The 1942 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1942. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1942 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Look magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) Newsweek, and (9) the Sporting News.

Two individuals were unanimous selections; they were Georgia halfback (and Heisman Trophy winner) Frank Sinkwich and Wisconsin end Dave Schreiner.

1956 San Diego State Aztecs football team

The 1956 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State College during the 1956 NCAA College Division football season.

San Diego State competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The team was led by head coach Paul Governali, in his first year, and played home games at both Aztec Bowl and Balboa Stadium. They finished the season with four wins, three losses and two ties (4–3–2, 2–1 CCAA).

1957 San Diego State Aztecs football team

The 1957 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State College during the 1957 NCAA College Division football season.

San Diego State competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The team was led by head coach Paul Governali, in his second year, and played home games at Aztec Bowl. They finished the season with two wins and seven losses (2–7, 0–1 CCAA). The Aztecs were shutout in four consecutive games and scored only 77 points in their nine games while giving up 243.

1958 San Diego State Aztecs football team

The 1958 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State College during the 1958 NCAA College Division football season.

San Diego State competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The team was led by head coach Paul Governali, in his third year, and played home games at Aztec Bowl. They finished the season with three wins and five losses (3–5, 2–3 CCAA). The Aztecs scored only 84 points in their eight games while giving up 200.

1959 San Diego State Aztecs football team

The 1959 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State College during the 1959 NCAA College Division football season.

San Diego State competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The team was led by head coach Paul Governali, in his fourth year, and played home games at Aztec Bowl. They finished the season with one win, six losses and one tie (1–6–1, 0–5–0 CCAA). The Aztecs scored only 74 points in their eight games while giving up 208.

1960 San Diego State Aztecs football team

The 1960 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State College during the 1960 NCAA College Division football season.

San Diego State competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The team was led by head coach Paul Governali, in his fifth (and last) year, and played home games at Aztec Bowl. They finished the season with one win, six losses and one tie (1–6–1, 0–5–0 CCAA). The Aztecs were shutout four times and scored only 53 points in their eight games, while giving up 207.

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List of San Diego State Aztecs head football coaches

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The program has had 18 head coaches in its 94 seasons of existence (through 2016). Don Coryell is the coach with the highest winning percentage (.840) and most wins (104) of any San Diego State coach. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. From a Bowl perspective, the current coach Rocky Long has been the most successful. He has led the Aztecs to a Bowl game in each of his six years as head coach.

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