Steve Van Buren

Stephen Wood Van Buren (December 28, 1920 − August 23, 2012) was an American football halfback who played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) from 1944 to 1951. Regarded as a powerful and punishing runner with excellent speed, through eight NFL seasons he won four league rushing titles, including three straight from 1947 to 1949. At a time when teams played twelve games a year, he was the first NFL player to rush for over ten touchdowns in a season—a feat he accomplished three times—and the first to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons. When he retired, he held the NFL career records for rushing attempts, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns.

Van Buren played college football for Louisiana State University, where he led the NCAA in scoring in his senior season for the LSU Tigers. After leading LSU to victory in the Orange Bowl, he was drafted by the Eagles with the fifth overall pick in the 1944 NFL Draft. Van Buren acquired many nicknames over his career in reference to his running style, including "Wham Bam", "Moving Van", and "Supersonic Steve". He was the driving force for the Eagles in the team's back-to-back NFL championships in 1948 and 1949; he scored the only touchdown of the 1948 NFL Championship Game against the Chicago Cardinals, and in the next year's championship game against the Los Angeles Rams he set postseason records with 31 carries and 196 rushing yards.

After his playing career, Van Buren coached in minor league football, winning an Atlantic Coast Football League (ACFL) championship with the Newark Bears in 1963. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965. Van Buren is a member of the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team and the National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Considered one of the greatest players in Eagles franchise history, his number 15 jersey is retired by the team, and he is enshrined in the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. For his college career, he was inducted into the Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1944 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.

Steve Van Buren
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Van Buren depicted on a 1948 Bowman trading card
No. 15
Position:Halfback
Personal information
Born:December 28, 1920
La Ceiba, Honduras
Died:August 23, 2012 (aged 91)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Warren Easton
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
College:LSU
NFL Draft:1944 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:5,860
Yards per carry:4.4
Rushing touchdowns:69
Return yards:2,503
Return touchdowns:5
Interceptions:9
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Born in La Ceiba, Honduras to an American father and a mother of Spanish heritage,[1] Stephen Wood Van Buren was orphaned at age ten and was sent to live with relatives in New Orleans, Louisiana.[2] There he attended Warren Easton High School, and tried out for the football team originally as a sophomore, but did not make the team.[3][4] Later that year he dropped out of high school and went to work in an iron foundry.[4] He returned to high school two years later and made the team as an end his senior year.[4] He played well enough that season to earn an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge.[3]

College career

Playing for the LSU Tigers football team, Van Buren was used primarily for blocking until his senior season, when head coach Bernie Moore moved him to tailback because of a lack of players due to World War II conscription.[5] Van Buren received a class IV-F exemption due to an eye defect, so he was able to avoid conscription.[5] "He probably was the greatest running back in Southeastern Conference history," Moore recalled, "and I used him as a blocking back until his last year. The folks in Baton Rouge never let me forget that."[6]

He began the 1943 season by scoring four touchdowns in a 34–27 win over Georgia, including the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes to play.[7] His final college game was the 1944 Orange Bowl against Texas A&M. Despite A&M coach Homer Norton devising a game-plan specifically to stop him, Van Buren was responsible for all of his team's points, as he ran for two touchdowns, threw for one more, and kicked LSU's only successful extra point attempt in the 19–14 victory.[8][9] He finished the season with 847 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.[5] He also completed 13 of 36 passing attempts for 160 yards.[10] His 98 points scored (111 including the bowl game) led the nation.[2][5] After the season, the Associated Press named Van Buren to its All-Southeastern Conference first team.[11]

Professional career

While still enrolled at LSU, Van Buren was drafted into the National Football League by the Philadelphia Eagles with the fifth overall pick of the 1944 NFL Draft.[12] A month later, on May 19 he resigned from the university due to an eye infection that had been bothering him since the Orange Bowl game.[13] The Eagles gave Van Buren a $4,000 contract with no signing bonus.[14] But Van Buren, modest to a fault, took three weeks to sign the contract because he did not feel he was good enough to play professionally.[4][15][16] He played as a running back and return specialist in the NFL for eight seasons, all of them with the Eagles. He spent the first seven of them under head coach Earle "Greasy" Neale, who dubbed Van Buren "the best halfback in modern times."[4]

1944–1946: Kick return prowess

Van Buren played in nine games during his first season with the Eagles, rushing for 444 yards as a running back and recording five interceptions on defense as a defensive back. His first NFL return touchdown came in the third game of the season, on a 55-yard punt return in the second quarter of a 38–0 shutout win against the Boston Yanks.[17] Three games later, he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants,[18] which was the longest kickoff return by any player that season. His 15.3 yards per punt return also led the league. Van Buren was named to the Associated Press's All-Pro first team following the season, the only rookie so named for 1944.[19]

In 1945, Van Buren led the NFL in rushing yards for the first time, and also led the league in scoring, yards from scrimmage, and kickoff return yards.[3] He set an Eagles single-season record with fifteen rushing touchdowns, a mark that stood until 2011.[20] His eighteen total touchdowns broke Don Hutson's league record by one, set three seasons earlier.[21][22] He again had the longest kickoff return of the season, this time with a 98-yard return touchdown against the Giants. In that game he also rushed for 100 yards and two more touchdowns as he scored all of the Eagles' touchdowns in the 28–21 loss.[23] At least six major publications named him a first-team All-Pro for the season, including the Associated Press and United Press.[24][25]

By 1946, Van Buren was considered one of the best players in the league.[26][27] Before the season, he signed a three-year contract to remain with the Eagles, dispelling rumors that he planned to join the rival All-America Football Conference.[22] He returned just five punts in the 1946 season, but ran one of them back fifty yards for a touchdown against the Boston Yanks in the final game of the year. It was the last punt Van Buren returned in his career. He finished the season with 529 rushing yards, third-most behind leader Bill Dudley of the Pittsburgh Steelers and rookie Pat Harder of the Chicago Cardinals.[28] He was named a first-team All-Pro by the New York Daily News and a second-team All-Pro by the United Press.[29]

After the Eagles' loss to the Steelers during the 1946 season, Eagles coach Greasy Neale gave Dudley high praise during a conversation with Steelers coach Jock Sutherland. Sutherland then offered to trade Dudley to the Eagles. In return he wanted Van Buren, but according to Les Biederman of The Pittsburgh Press, "before [Sutherland] finished the second syllable of that name, Neale had fled the table."[30]

1947–1949: Three straight rushing titles

Van Buren claimed his second rushing title in 1947, which was the first in a string of three straight. His 1,008 rushing yards broke the single-season record of 1,004 set by Beattie Feathers with the Chicago Bears in 1934.[31] He was no longer returning punts for the team, as the role was taken over by halfback Bosh Pritchard, though he still returned kickoffs. His 95-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the first game of the season was again the longest kickoff return by any player that season, as well as the last kick return touchdown of his career.[32]

The Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers both finished the 1947 regular season atop the Eastern Conference with an 8–4 record, so the two teams met for a tiebreaker game to determine the conference champion.[33] During the week before the game, the Steelers ran workouts concentrating on a means of stopping Van Buren's running.[34] In the game, the Steelers' defensive line held Van Buren to 45 rushing yards and no rushing touchdowns, but he scored the game's first touchdown on a 15-yard reception from quarterback Tommy Thompson. The Eagles won with a 21–0 shutout, setting them up to face the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL Championship Game, the first championship game appearance in franchise history.[35] Against the Cardinals' "Million Dollar Backfield", Van Buren was held in check, as the Eagles were defeated 28–21 in a back-and-forth contest.[36][37]

The 1948 season was the second straight that Van Buren led the league in carries, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and yards from scrimmage. In Week 3, in the first quarter against the New York Giants Van Buren scored his 39th career rushing touchdown, surpassing Ernie Nevers as the all-time leader.[32][38] That game—a 45–0 shutout win—was the first in an eight-game winning streak for the Eagles in which they scored 275 points total and allowed 49.[39] The team finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Division and were to meet the Chicago Cardinals again for the league championship.[40]

1948 NFL Championship Game

Having posted similar offensive statistics in the regular season, the Eagles and Cardinals were expected to play a tight game.[41] Played in a blizzard at Philadelphia's Shibe Park, the game's only score was a fourth quarter rushing touchdown by Van Buren from five yards out.[42] The 7–0 win gave the Eagles their first league title.[43] Van Buren finished with 98 yards on 26 carries, though he nearly missed the game entirely. Thinking the game would not be played in the blizzard, he remained home until coach Greasy Neale called him and told him the game was still on. He had to catch three trolleys and walk six blocks in order to make the game on time.[1] "I looked out my bedroom window that morning, saw the snow and went back to bed," he later explained. "I was sure the game would be postponed."[44]

Van Buren 1950 Bowman
Van Buren depicted on a 1950 Bowman trading card

1949: Career rushing title and second championship

By 1949, Van Buren's annual salary was $15,000.[45] Despite the Eagles franchise struggling financially the previous season, Neale was willing to pay him more, but Van Buren declined. "I could have gotten a good deal more," he said. "But you acted a little different when your team lost money."[14] He came into his sixth NFL season needing 104 rushing yards to break Clarke Hinkle's career record of 3,860, which he set after ten seasons with the Packers.[46][47] Van Buren passed Hinkle's mark against the Detroit Lions in the second game of the season,[48] and by the end of the year had broken his own single-season record as he rushed for 1,146 yards.[49] He became the first running back in NFL history to achieve three consecutive rushing titles. Jim Brown twice, Earl Campbell, and Emmitt Smith have since managed the feat.[50] The Eagles clinched the Eastern Division title in the tenth game of the season with a win over the Steelers. With Pittsburgh's defense designed to stop him, Van Buren ran for 205 yards on 27 carries,[51] setting an Eagles single-game franchise record for rushing yards that stood for over sixty years.[44] The Eagles won their final two games and advanced to their third NFL championship game in as many seasons.

In the 1949 NFL Championship Game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against the Los Angeles Rams, as in the previous season's game, Van Buren carried the Eagles' offense.[3] Although he failed to score, he carried the ball 31 times for a championship game–record 196 yards on the heavily muddied field.[52] The Eagles won 14–0, becoming the first—and as of 2016, the only—team in league history to win consecutive championship games with a shutout.[1][2] Following the game, Rams coach Clark Shaughnessy called Van Buren one of the greatest ball carriers he had seen in forty years of football. "He is equal to any player I've ever seen," said Shaughnessy.[53] Van Buren was named the outstanding athlete of the year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.[54]

1950–1951: Injuries and retirement

Back, leg, and neck injuries began to take a toll on Van Buren in 1950, and his production dropped.[55] He broke his toe in the 1950 off-season and suffered from bone spurs, which caused him to miss the team's four preseason exhibition games and regular season opener.[56][57][58] He returned to lead the league in carries for the fourth straight season, but lost the rushing title for the first time in four years and had career-lows in touchdowns and yards per carry. The Eagles finished with a 6–6 regular season record.[59] Greasy Neale was fired by the Eagles the following February and replaced by Bo McMillin.[60] In 1951, Van Buren played alongside his brother, halfback and linebacker Ebert, whom the Eagles selected in that year's draft out of LSU.[61] The elder Van Buren continued to play through injuries, taking several shots of Novocaine before each game.[14] He had a career-low 327 rushing yards for the season, as the Eagles finished with a losing record for the first time since 1942.

During training camp prior to the 1952 season, Van Buren tore a knee ligament and required surgery.[4] He missed the entire season and retired as a player in September 1953, but remained on the Eagles payroll in a public relations capacity.[62] He finished his career having carried 1,320 times for 5,860 yards and 69 touchdowns. He also scored three times returning kickoffs, three times on receptions, and twice on punt returns for a total of 77 touchdowns. On defense, he intercepted nine opponents' passes.[63]

Professional statistics

Year G Rushing Punt returns Kickoff returns
Att Yds TD Lng Avg Ret Yds TD Lng Avg Ret Yds TD Lng Avg
1944 9 80 444 5 70 5.6 15 230 1 55 15.3 8 266 1 97 33.3
1945 10 143 832 15 69 5.8 14 154 0 24 11.0 13 373 1 98 28.7
1946 9 116 529 5 58 4.6 5 89 1 50 17.8 11 319 0 63 29.0
1947 12 217 1,008 13 45 4.6 - - - - - 13 382 1 95 29.4
1948 11 201 945 10 29 4.7 - - - - - 14 292 0 34 20.9
1949 12 263 1,146 11 41 4.4 - - - - - 12 288 0 35 24.0
1950 10 188 629 4 41 3.3 - - - - - 5 110 0 26 22.0
1951 10 112 327 6 17 2.9 - - - - - - - - - -
Career 83 1,320 5,860 69 70 4.4 34 473 2 55 13.9 76 2,030 3 98 26.7

Playing style

Van Buren's profile at the Pro Football Hall of Fame states he "lined up as a halfback but played more like a fullback."[3] He had a rare combination of strength, speed, and endurance.[2][4] While not as elusive or nimble as other backs, he preferred to run through tacklers instead of avoid them, and never ran out of bounds if he felt he could pick up extra yards.[15][27] "There's no trick," he said of his running style. "When I see I'm gonna be tackled I just put my head down and give 'em the shoulder."[64] He was described as a "deadly tackler", hitting as hard on defense as he did when he carried the ball.[27] His disregard for his own body led to many injuries for both himself and opposing players.[14][64]

He gained the majority of his yards and touchdowns on the ground, as he preferred being a runner rather than a receiver.[15][16] All but three of his 69 offensive touchdowns were scored by rushing.[32] Van Buren acquired many nicknames over his career.[3] He was nicknamed "Wham Bam" for his quick and punishing running style.[65] He was also referred to as "Supersonic Steve,"[16][66] "Blockbuster,"[63] and "Moving Van."[34][67]

Coaching career

Van Buren served as a coach for several seasons in minor league football after his playing career. After serving as a scout for the Eagles, he coached a minor league team in Bristol, Pennsylvania for three years.[68] He then served as head coach for the Franklin Miners of Franklin, New Jersey and led them to a 27–5 win–loss record through 1958 and 1959.[69] The Miners moved to Paterson, New Jersey and joined the Atlantic Coast Football League (ACFL), winning the league's championship in 1962.[70] Van Buren then became head coach for the Newark Bears of the ACFL, which he led to a league championship in 1963.[71] In 1965, the Bears franchise joined the Continental Football League, and in 1966 moved to Orlando, Florida and was renamed the Panthers. Van Buren was elevated to vice president and director of player personnel for the Panthers in 1966.[72] He led the newly formed Hudson Valley Vikings of the North Atlantic Football League as head coach in 1967.[69][73] In 1968, Van Buren became the offensive backfield coach for the Pottstown Firebirds of the ACFL.[74] In 1969, he was the coach of the independent, semi-pro Jersey Senators,[75] and in 1970, the Phoenix Steelers.[76]

Legacy, honors, and later life

Van Buren 1952 Bowman
Van Buren depicted in 1952

Van Buren retired as the NFL record holder for career rushing yards and career rushing touchdowns.[2] He was the first player to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season twice,[55] and he held the top two single-season records in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He was the first to rush for over ten touchdowns in a season, a feat he accomplished three times before any other player did so once.[77] He was the last Eagles player to win the rushing title until LeSean McCoy led the league in rushing yards in 2013.[78] As of 2016, he remains the Eagles' career leader in rushing touchdowns.[79]

In 1950, Van Buren was selected by the Associated Press for an all-time Southeastern Conference team, which honored the best eleven players in the conference's then seventeen-year existence.[80] He was inducted into the Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1944 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.[81][82]

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the class of 1965, which also included Guy Chamberlain, Paddy Driscoll, Dan Fortmann, Otto Graham, Sid Luckman, and Bob Waterfield.[3] He was the first Eagles player to be inducted.[1] Clarke Hinkle presented him with the honor at the induction ceremony. Van Buren's acceptance speech consisted of four sentences:

Thank you Clarke Hinkle, I'm certainly glad to have broken your record. Since you people can't hear too good and I'm not too good a speaker I won't say much, but it's a great honor to be here. The two days I've spent in Canton will certainly bring me back every year from now on. Thank you very much.[83]

Van Buren's jersey number 15 was later retired by the Eagles.[2] He is also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.[84][85] In 2007, he was named to the Eagles 75th Anniversary Team as the starting running back.[86] Van Buren is a member of the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team, which honors the best players from the decade, and the National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team as one of the best players in the league's first 75 years.[87]

Van Buren lived quietly in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after his football career, where he ran an antiques shop with his son-in-law. He also owned a used-car lot and a dance hall.[1] His wife, Grace, died in 1978.[14] Van Buren died of pneumonia on August 23, 2012, in Lancaster at the age of 91.[65]

See also

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Further reading

  • Sullivan, George (1972). The Great Running Backs. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. pp. 56–62. ISBN 0-399-11026-7.

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Records
Preceded by
Clarke Hinkle
NFL career rushing yards leader
1949–1958
Succeeded by
Joe Perry
Preceded by
Ernie Nevers
NFL career rushing touchdowns leader
1948–1962
Succeeded by
Jim Brown
Preceded by
Beattie Feathers
NFL season rushing yards record
1947–1958
Succeeded by
Jim Brown
Preceded by
Bill Paschal
NFL season rushing touchdowns record
1945–1958
Succeeded by
Jim Brown
1943 LSU Tigers football team

The 1943 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University (LSU) in the 1943 college football season. LSU did not celebrate a homecoming game in 1943 due to World War II. Halfback Steve Van Buren led the nation in scoring.

1944 Orange Bowl

The 1944 Orange Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game between the LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies. It was the 10th edition of the Orange Bowl. The teams had met in the regular season, with Texas A&M winning at LSU 28–13. LSU however defeated Texas A&M 19–14 in the bowl rematch. Despite A&M coach Homer Norton devising a game-plan specifically to stop him, halfback Steve Van Buren was responsible for all points scored by the Tigers, as he ran for two touchdowns, threw for one more, and kicked LSU's only successful extra point attempt.

1944 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1944 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 12th in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 5–4–1, winning seven games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season.

1947 NFL season

The 1947 NFL season was the 28th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded the regular season by one game from eleven games per team to twelve, a number that remained constant for fourteen seasons, through 1960.

The season ended when the Chicago Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Championship Game on December 28.

1948 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1948 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 16th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Eagles repeated as Eastern Division champions and returned to the NFL Championship game, this time defeating the Chicago Cardinals to win their first NFL title.

1949 NFL Championship Game

The 1949 National Football League Championship Game was the 17th title game for the National Football League (NFL), played on December 18 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. It is remembered for the driving rain that caused the field to become a mud pit. Its paid attendance was 27,980, with only 22,245 in the stadium.The game featured the Eastern Division champion Philadelphia Eagles (11–1), the defending NFL champions, against the Los Angeles Rams (8–2–2), winners of the Western Division. This was the first NFL title game played in the western United States. The Rams had last appeared in a title game in 1945, a victory and the franchise's final game in Cleveland.

The Eagles were favored by a touchdown, and won 14–0 for their second consecutive shutout in the title game. Running back Steve Van Buren rushed for 196 yards on 31 carries for the Eagles and their defense held the Rams to just 21 yards on the ground.Philadelphia head coach Earle "Greasy" Neale did not like to fly, so the Eagles traveled to the West Coast by train. On the way west, they stopped in Illinois for a workout at Stagg Field at the University of Chicago on Wednesday morning.

1949 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1949 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League. The Eagles won their second-consecutive NFL championship.

Atlantic Coast Football League

The Atlantic Coast Football League (ACFL) was a minor football league that operated from 1962 to 1973. Until 1969, many of its franchises had working agreements with NFL and AFL teams to serve as farm clubs. The league paid a base salary of $100 per game and had 36 players on each active roster.For the first few years, Joe Rosentover served as league president. He had served in the same capacity for the American Football League (formerly the American Association) from 1947 to 1950; a relative, John Rosentover, had run the league from 1936 to 1947. In fact, several of the teams from the AA were revived in the ACFL, including the Providence Steam Roller, Newark Bears and a team in Paterson, New Jersey. By 1968, Rosentover had left the organization and been superseded by commissioner Cosmo Iacavazzi.

In 1965, three of the franchises (the Hartford Charter Oaks, Newark Bears and Springfield Acorns) joined with five teams from the United Football League to create the Continental Football League. The league picked up four franchises from that league when it folded in 1969 (Norfolk Neptunes, Orlando Panthers, Jersey Jays and Indianapolis Capitols); the Neptunes and Panthers were exactly the same teams as the Acorns and Bears respectively, having relocated during their time in the CoFL.

In 1970, the Orlando Panthers signed a husband and wife duo, Steven and Patricia Palinkas, as a kicker and holder respectively. Steven did not make the team, but Patricia did, making her the first female professional football player. Other notable ACFL players included Pro Bowl fullback Marvin Hubbard, league leading running back Mel Meeks, kicker Booth Lusteg, three-time championship winning quarterback Jim "The King" Corcoran, eventual 11-year NFL veteran Bob Tucker, and offensive lineman Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmermann, who shortly after his retirement began an over 40-year career as a sportswriter, much of that time with Sports Illustrated. Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren coached in the league from its launch through 1966.

Most of the ACFL's teams, including all of the teams that had been in the Continental league, folded following the 1971 season. The Hartford Knights and Bridgeport Jets survived, and both moved down to the Seaboard Football League in 1972. Hartford accrued a perfect season in that league in 1972, including several games with margins of victory over 40 points, and after much dissatisfaction with the league announced it was leaving with the intent to reform the ACFL. The ACFL returned for one final season in 1973 with Hartford, Bridgeport, and several teams promoted up from the SFL (which led to a trickle-up that brought Empire Football League teams upward to the SFL to fill the old SFL teams' void). The return, however, was short-lived; the league determined it would not compete with the World Football League and folded after the 1973 season.

Commissioner Cosmo Iacovazzi was inducted into the American Football Association's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Continental Football League

The Continental Football League (COFL) was a professional American football league that operated in North America from 1965 through 1969. It was established following the collapse of the original United Football League, and hoped to become the major force in professional football outside the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). It owed its name, at least in part, to the Continental League, a proposed third Major League Baseball organization that influenced MLB significantly (but never played a single game).

Four Continental Football League contributors are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the most of any league not considered a major league: coach Bill Walsh, quarterback Ken Stabler, Doak Walker and Steve Van Buren (the last two of whom were inducted as players but were coaches in this league). Sam Wyche, Bob Kuechenberg, Garo Yepremian and Otis Sistrunk were among the other players and coaches who would later gain fame in the NFL, while a few others, such as Don Jonas and Tom Wilkinson, would emerge as stars in the Canadian Football League.

Ebert Van Buren

Harry Ebert Van Buren (born December 6, 1924) is a former American football fullback and halfback who played in the National Football League (NFL), He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1951 and played in the 1951 through 1953 seasons. He went to Louisiana State University. He is the brother of Steve Van Buren, with whom he played during the 1951 season with the Eagles. He was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Elmer Angsman

Elmer Joseph Angsman Jr. (December 11, 1925 – April 11, 2002) was an American football running back in the NFL.

He was born on the south side of Chicago in 1925, the son of Elmer and Helen Angsman. Elmer attended Mount Carmel High School and also starred for Notre Dame in college from 1943 to 1945(playing on the 1943 National Championship team 1943 college football season and the College All-Star team that defeated the world champion Cleveland Rams.), played 7 seasons in the NFL, all with the Chicago Cardinals. After graduating from Notre Dame in three years with a degree in journalism, Angsman was the youngest player ever drafted to play in the NFL at the age of 20 with the 16th overall pick of the 1946 draft. Angsman was part of Charles Bidwill’s "Dream Backfield". Although Bidwill did not live to see it, the talented corps that included Charley Trippi, Paul Christman, Pat Harder, and Angsman went on to achieve great success. In the 1947 NFL championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Angsman scored twice on runs of 70 yards each. The final touchdown, a run up the middle like the first against Eagle coach Greasy Neale's famed 5-2-4 defense, put the game out of reach. Angsman finished the game with 10 carries for 159 yards. His 15.9 yard per carry average is still an NFL post-season record (10 carries or more). The 1947 title was the Cardinal franchise's last championship. Don Paul, a former defensive back for the Cardinals and later the Cleveland Browns, once said "He was...A straight ahead north and south runner who would just as soon leave cleat marks on your balls as run around you."

Angsman and the Cardinals never reclaimed the glory of the 1947 championship season. In 1948, Angsman led the Cardinals in rushing, with 412 yards and 7 touchdowns, and the Cards edged the Chicago Bears for the West Conference title. They met the Eagles once again in the 1948 NFL Championship Game title game now referred to as "The Blizzard Bowl". The field was covered by snow and the entire game was played in a storm. The Cardinals running attack was greatly hampered and the Eagles star Steve Van Buren was the only player who could run effectively in the conditions. Angsman mustered only 33 yards on 10 carries. Only 5 passes were completed by both teams combined. Van Buren's 5 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the only scoring as the Eagles won their first championship, 7-0.

The Cardinals' visionary coach, Jimmy Conzelman, quit after the 1948 season and the Cardinals drifted into mediocrity. Angsman had his best season in 1949 with 674 yards rushing on 125 carries and 6 touchdowns. He, Pat Harder, and Charlie Trippi shared running duties and combined for 1,674 yards and 16 touchdowns that year (in comparison, Steve Van Buren set the NFL single season rushing record in 1949 with 1146 yards). However, the future of NFL success lay in dynamic passing attacks such as that possessed by the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns. Angsman's production fell off significantly in 1950 and 1951, with 363 and 380 yards, respectively, and an average under 3.5 yards per carry. By 1952, with stunning rookie halfback Ollie Matson joining the club, Angsman was relegated to a seldom-used backup role. He retired after the 1952 season at age 27. He finished with career statistics of 683 carries, 2908 yards (4.3 avg), and 27 touchdowns. He caught 41 passes for 654 yards and 5 touchdowns. Angsman was selected to the first ever Pro Bowl 1951 Pro Bowl in 1950.

After his NFL career, Angsman was a color commentator beginning in 1958 with CBS Radio CBS Radio, later ABC American Football League on ABC and finishing with NBC List of NFL on NBC announcers in 1972. Angsman called college and pro games most notably the 1968 Sugar Bowl and several Orange Bowl games. He is a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Angsman owned various companies after commentating finding success in paper manufacturing and eventually retiring to Juno Beach, Florida. In April 2002, Elmer Angsman died of a heart attack while playing golf with lifelong friends.

He is survived by wife-Diane Angsman, son-John Angsman, grandchildren- Jim Angsman, Jeff Angsman, Jackie Angsman, Jay Angsman, Joe Angsman

List of Hondurans

This is a list of Honduran people:

Politicians

Óscar Acosta

Salvador Aguirre (Honduras)

Juan José Alvarado

Oscar Álvarez

Oswaldo López Arellano

Juan Ángel Arias

Céleo Arias

Juan Ángel Arias Boquín

Miguel Paz Barahona

Francisco Bertrand

Elizabeth Azcona Bocock

Francisco Bográn

Luis Bográn

Policarpo Bonilla

Manuel Bonilla

Francisco Bueso

José Santiago Bueso

José María Bustillo

Miguel Oquelí Bustillo

José Trinidad Cabañas

Tiburcio Carías Andino

Victoriano Castellanos

Juan Alberto Melgar Castro

Coronado Chávez

Vicente Mejía Colindres

Roberto Suazo Córdova

Ramón Ernesto Cruz Uclés

Miguel R. Dávila

Francisco de Aguilar

Dionisio de Herrera

José Azcona del Hoyo

José Cecilio del Valle

Nora Gúnera de Melgar

Juan Francisco de Molina

Francisco Ferrera

Carlos Roberto Flores

Juan Manuel Gálvez

Policarpo Paz García

Mariano Garrigó

Crescencio Gómez

Francisco Gómez (acting president)

José Santos Guardiola

José María GuerreroSports

Edgar Álvarez

Eduardo Alonso Arriola Carter

Edwin Yobani Avila

Nahún Avila

Wilfredo Barahona

Mario Beata

Eduardo Bennet

Jefferson Bernárdez

Oscar Bernárdez

Robel Bernardez

Víctor Bernárdez

Mario René Berríos

Porfirio Armando Betancourt

John Alston Bodden

Mitchel Brown

Samuel Caballero

Ricardo Canales

Juan Manuel Cárcamo

José Cardona

Miguel Castillo

Mauricio Castro

Marvin Chávez

Osman Chávez

Jorge Claros

Reynaldo Clavasquín

Víctor Coello

Denilson Costa

Carlo Costly

Arnold Cruz

José Luis Cruz

José de la Paz Herrera

Julio César de León

Donis Escober

Dennis Ferrera

Maynor Figueroa

Milton Flores

Oscar Bonieck García

Elkin González

José Luis Grant

Iván Guerrero

Amado Guevara

Luis Guzman (football player)

José GuityAuthors

Ramón Amaya Amador

Eduardo Bähr

Ernesto Bondy Reyes

Augusto Coello

Javier Abril EspinozaEntertainment (Radio/TV/Film)

Renán Almendárez Coello

Dunia Elvir

America Ferrera

Roxana KafatiUncategorized

Juan Ángel Almendares Bonilla

Fernando Castillo

Julieta Castellanos

Leticia de Oyuela

Juan Di Frúneda

Héctor Flores

Rony García

Samir García

Astor Henriquez

Walter Hernández

Yermi Hernández

Francisco Inestroza

Emilio Izaguirre

Júnior Izaguirre

Milton Jiménez

Allan Lalín

Marlon Guillermo Lara Orellana

Ponciano Leiva

Johnny Leverón

Juan Lindo

Dani Lloyd

Porfirio Pepe Lobo

Luis López (Honduran footballer)

Rafael López Gutiérrez

Walter López (Honduran footballer)

Julio Lozano Díaz

Ricardo Maduro

Ramón Maradiaga

Elmer Marín

Christian Samir Martínez

Emil Martínez

Jairo Martínez

Javier Martínez (football player)

Ronald Martínez

Saul Martínez

Walter Martínez

Rubén Matamoros

Felipe Neri Medina

Héctor Medina

José María Medina

Nery Medina

Ninrod Medina

Carlos Will Mejía

Marcelino Mejía

Merlyn Membreño

Victor Mena

Carlos Mencia

Sergio Mendoza

Roberto Micheletti

David Molina

Salvador Moncada

Oscar Morales

Augusto Monterroso

José Francisco Montes

Elmer Montoya

Donaldo Morales

Junior Morales

Leonardo Morales

Ramón Villeda Morales

Rony Morales

Carlos Morán

Francisco Morazán

Steven Morris

Erick Norales

Milton Núñez

Ramón Núñez

Aguas Santas Ocaña Navarro

Carlos Oliva

Carlos Paez

Carlos Pavón

Francisco Pavón (Honduran footballer)

Limber Perez

Alex Pineda Chacón

Roy Posas

Satcha Pretto

Dania Prince

Adalid Puerto

Luis Ramírez (Honduran footballer)

Rafael Coello Ramos

Carlos Roberto Reina

Milton Reyes

Williams Reyes

Irving Reyna

Rocsi

Luis Rodas

Mario Rodríguez (Honduras)

Rafael Leonardo Callejas Romero

Jaime Rosales

Jaime Rosenthal

Yani Rosenthal

Mauricio Sabillón

Carlos Salgado

Juan Ramón Salgado

Marvin Sánchez

Neyda Sandoval

Luis Santamaría

Elvin Ernesto Santos

Elvis Scott

Terencio Sierra

Roberto Sosa (poet)

Marco Aurelio Soto

David Suazo

Julio César Suazo

Maynor Suazo

Hendry Thomas

Reynaldo Tilguath

Vicente Tosta

Danilo Turcios

Ramón Ernesto Cruz Uclés

Fabio Ulloa

José Valladares

Melvin Valladares

Noel Valladares

Érick Vallecillo

Orlin Vallecillo

Steve Van Buren

Domingo Vásquez

Edy Vasquez

Eddy Vega

Wilmer Velásquez

Diego Vigil Cocaña

Franklin Vinosis Webster

George Welcome

Florencio Xatruch

Gilberto Yearwood

Francisco Zelaya y Ayes

Héctor Zelaya

Manuel Zelaya

Xiomara de Zelaya

Oscar Zepeda

List of National Football League annual rushing touchdowns leaders

This is a season-by-season list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in rushing touchdowns. Although rushing has both an offensive and a defensive meaning, this list charts offensive rushing touchdowns, usually scored by a running back, either a halfback or a fullback.

Record-keeping for rushing touchdowns began in 1932, when Bronko Nagurski of the Chicago Bears led the league with 4 rushing touchdowns. Since then, LaDainian Tomlinson has set the record for rushing touchdowns in a season, when he led the league in 2006, with 28 rushing touchdowns, while playing with the San Diego Chargers. Prior to Tomlinson's setting of the record, Priest Holmes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks, jointly held the record with 27, reaching that mark in 2003 NFL season and 2005, respectively.

Jim Brown holds the record for most league-leading seasons in rushing touchdowns, with 5 (1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, and 1965). Dutch Clark became the first player to lead the league in consecutive seasons (1936 and 1937), although in 1937 he co-led the league. The first sole rushing touchdowns leader in consecutive seasons was Johnny Drake, when he led in 1939 and 1940. Steve Van Buren was the first to lead the league in 3 consecutive seasons, from 1947 to 1949, a figure later matched by Jim Brown (1957 to 1959) and Leroy Kelly (1966 to 1968). Marcus Allen is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in rushing touchdowns while playing with 2 different teams; in 1982, Allen led the league while playing with the Oakland Raiders, and in 1993, he led the league while playing with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 1943, Bill Paschal became the first NFL player to post a 10+ rushing touchdowns season, when playing for the New York Giants. 40 seasons later, in 1983, John Riggins posted the league's first 20+ rushing touchdowns season. Steve Van Buren was the first player to lead the league with consecutive 10+ rushing touchdowns seasons, in 1947 and 1948; he would add a third consecutive in 1949. Emmitt Smith posted the first consecutive league-leading 20+ rushing touchdowns seasons in 1994 and 1995–an achievement later matched by Priest Holmes, in 2003 and 2004.

List of National Football League rushing champions

In American football, running (also referred to as rushing) is, along with passing, one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. A running play generally occurs when the quarterback hands or tosses the ball backwards to the running back, but other players, such as the quarterback, can run with the ball. In the National Football League (NFL), the player who has recorded the most rushing yards for a season is considered the winner of the rushing title for that season. In addition to the NFL rushing champion, league record books recognize the rushing champions of the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the National Football League in 1970.The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. The average amount of yardage the rushing champion has gained has increased over time—since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, all but two rushing champions have recorded over 1,000 yards rushing, and the adoption of the 16-game season in 1978 has resulted in many rushing champions recording over 1,500 rushing yards. Seven rushing champions have recorded over 2,000 rushing yards, a feat first accomplished by O. J. Simpson in 1973 and most recently accomplished by Adrian Peterson in 2012.

The player with the most rushing titles is Jim Brown, who was the rushing champion eight times over his career. Eric Dickerson, Emmitt Smith, O. J. Simpson, Steve Van Buren, and Barry Sanders are tied for the second-most rushing titles, each having won four times. Jim Brown also holds the record for the most consecutive rushing titles with five, having led the league in rushing each year from 1957 to 1961. Steve Van Buren, Emmitt Smith, and Earl Campbell each recorded three consecutive rushing titles. The Cleveland Browns have recorded the most rushing titles with eleven; the Dallas Cowboys rank second, with seven rushing titles. The most recent rushing champion is Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, who led the league with 1,434 yards rushing over the 2018 season.

List of Philadelphia Eagles first-round draft picks

The Philadelphia Eagles, a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1933 as a replacement team for the Frankford Yellow Jackets, after the Yellow Jackets went bankrupt and ceased operations. After the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, the Eagles were moved to the current NFC East division. Every April, each NFL franchise adds new players to its roster through a collegiate draft at the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on their previous season's records, with the worst record picking first, the second-worst picking second, and so on. Two exceptions to this order are made for teams that played in the previous Super Bowl: the Super Bowl champion picks last (32nd), and the Super Bowl loser picks next to last (31st). Teams often trade their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or combinations thereof; thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from its assigned pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in a particular round.The Eagles' first selection as an NFL team was Jay Berwanger, a running back from University of Chicago. The Eagles have selected number one overall three times, including Berwanger in 1936, Sam Francis in 1937, and Chuck Bednarik in 1949, second overall five times, and third overall three times. Three eventual Hall of Famers have been selected by the Eagles: Steve Van Buren, Bednarik, and Bob Brown. The team's most recent first-round choice was Derek Barnett, a defensive end from The University of Tennessee.

National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994 to honor the greatest players of the first 75 years of the National Football League (NFL). Five players on the list were on NFL rosters at the time of the selections: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, Reggie White, and Ronnie Lott. Gale Sayers was named to the team as both a halfback and kickoff returner. Every player is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, except for Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.

Orange/Newark Tornadoes

The Orange Tornadoes and Newark Tornadoes were two manifestations of a long-lived professional American football franchise that existed in some form from 1887 to 1941 and from 1958 to 1970, having played in the National Football League from 1929 to 1930, the American Association from 1936 to 1941, the Atlantic Coast Football League from 1963 to 1964 and 1970, and the Continental Football League from 1965 to 1969. The team was based for most of its history in Orange, New Jersey, with many of its later years in Newark. Its last five seasons of existence were as the Orlando Panthers, when the team was based in Orlando, Florida. The NFL franchise was sold back to the league in October 1930. The team had four head coaches in its two years in the NFL – Jack Depler in Orange, and Jack Fish, Al McGall and Andy Salata in Newark.

Orlando Panthers

The Orlando Panthers were a professional American football team based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1958 as the Franklin Miners, the team spent its first four years in the Eastern Football Conference, then three further years in the Atlantic Coast Football League before moving to the Continental Football League in 1965. The franchise moved from Newark, New Jersey to Orlando in 1966 and found success on the field as the Panthers. But while the team won the CFL championship twice they were plagued by financial difficulties. The team jumped back to the ACFL in 1970 but were suspended by the league after the season.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. In the 2017 season the team won Super Bowl LII, their first Super Bowl win in franchise history and their fourth NFL title overall, after winning the Championship Game in 1948, 1949, and 1960.

The franchise was established in 1933 as a replacement for the bankrupt Frankford Yellow Jackets, when a group led by Bert Bell secured the rights to an NFL franchise in Philadelphia. Bell, Chuck Bednarik, Bob Brown, Brian Dawkins, Reggie White, Steve Van Buren, Tommy McDonald, Greasy Neale, Pete Pihos, Sonny Jurgensen, Terrell Owens, and Norm Van Brocklin have been inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The team has an intense rivalry with the New York Giants. This rivalry is the oldest in the NFC East and is among the oldest in the NFL. It was ranked by NFL Network as the number one rivalry of all-time and Sports Illustrated ranks it amongst the Top 10 NFL rivalries of all-time at number four, and according to ESPN, it is one of the fiercest and most well-known rivalries in the American football community. They also have a bitter rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys, which has become more high-profile since the 1960s, as well as a historic rivalry with the Washington Redskins. Their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers is another bitter rivalry known as the battle of Pennsylvania, roughly dating back to 1933, that mostly arises from the two teams' statuses as being from opposite ends of the same state.The team consistently ranks among the best in the league in attendance and has sold out every game since the 1999 season. In a Sports Illustrated poll of 321 NFL players, Eagles fans were selected the most intimidating fans in the NFL.

Steve Van Buren—championships, awards, and honors

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