Dexter Very
Very during his college career at Penn State.
Biographical details
BornNovember 27, 1889
Fairdale, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 27, 1980(1980-09-27) (aged 90)
State College, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1909–1912Penn State
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1976

Dexter Very (November 27, 1889 – September 27, 1980) was an American football player. He started at right end for the Penn State Nittany Lions in every game from 1909 to 1912. During that timespan, Penn State was undefeated in 1909, 1911 and 1912, while losing just two games in 1910.

Very was elected as the team's captain in 1911, and helped the Nittany Lions defeat the Penn Quakers, for its first victory over Penn in 18 years. That game he stripped the Quakers', Ray Mercer, of the football and running it back for a Penn State touchdown. In 1912, Very scored nine touchdowns in eight games. He never wore a helmet while playing, and was also a member of the school's wrestling program.

After college he worked as a manufacturer's representative in Pittsburgh and also worked as a football official. On January 2, 1933, Very officiated the Rose Bowl game. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976.


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