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George Grosvenor
Quarterback, halfback, tailback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1910-08-04)August 4, 1910
Place of birth: Jefferson, Oklahoma
Date of death: September 20, 2001(2001-09-20) (aged 91)
Place of death: Pueblo, Colorado
Career information
College: Colorado
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*St. Louis/Kansas City Blues (1934)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-Rocky Mountain Conference (1933)
  • AFL champion (1934)
  • First-team All-AFC team (1934)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1936)
Rushing yards     1,307
Average     3.6
Touchdowns     6
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

George Alfred Grosvenor (August 4, 1910 – September 20, 2001) was an American football player. He played college football for the University of Colorado Buffaloes and professional football for the St. Louis/Kansas City Blues in the American Football League and the Chicago Bears (1935–1936) and Chicago Cardinals (1936–1937) in the National Football League (NFL).

Early yearsEdit

Grosvenor was born in Jefferson, Oklahoma, in 1910.[1] His father, George H. Grosvenor, was an English immigrant, and his mother, Okaka "Okie" Grosvenor, was an Indiana native. As of 1920, the family lived on a farm in Rock Island, Oklahoma. Grosvenor had two olders siblings, Teddy (born c. 1906) and Ruby (born c. 1909).[2] At some point after 1920, the family moved to Colorado. Grosvenor attended Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado.[1]

Football playerEdit

University of ColoradoEdit

Grosvenor attended the University of Colorado where he played for the school's basketball and football teams. As a sophomore, he was the starting quarterback for the 1931 Colorado football team. On Thanksgiving Day in 1931, he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Arizona.[3] Over the next two seasons, he became known as a triple-threat man for the Colorado football team. As a senior in 1933, he was selected as the first-team quarterback on the All-Rocky Mountain Conference team.[4]

St. Louis/Kansas City BluesEdit

In 1934, Grosvenor played professional football as the starting quarterback for the St. Louis/Kansas City Blues of the American Football League (AFL). He led the team to the 1934 AFL championship with a 7-0-1 record and was selected by both the league's coaches and the Associated Press as the first-team quarterback on the All-AFL team. The AFL folded after the 1934 season.

Chicago Bears/CardinalsEdit

In September 1935, Grosvenor joined the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).[5] Grosvenor was moved to the halfback position with the Bears.[6] During the 1935 NFL season, Grosvenor appeared in 11 games for the Bears, three as a starter, and totaled 234 rushing yards on 55 carries (4.3 yards per carry). He also completed 6 of 15 passes for 69 yards.[1]

The 1935 season was Grosvenor's first as a backup player; he expressed dissatisfaction with his status and initially declined to report for the 1936 season.[7] Grosvenor ultimately reported to the Bears for the 1936 season, though he was sold to the Chicago Cardinals after the first game of the season.[8] The Cardinals moved him from the halfback to the tailback position.[8] On November 29, 1936, Grosvenor scored both touchdowns, including a 66-yard run, in the Cardinals' 14-7 victory over the Bears.[9] During the 1936 season, Grosvenor rushed for 612 yards on 170 carries (3.6 yards per carry). His rushing yardage ranked fifth best in the NFL for the 1936 season.[1] At the end of the 1936, he was selected by the United Press as a second-team player on the 1936 All-Pro Team.[10]

Grosvenor returned to the Cardinals in 1937. He again ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing yardage, totaling 461 yards on 143 carries.[1][11]

Family and later yearsEdit

Grosvenor was married in April 1932 to Wilma A "Billie" Hibler (1912-2007) in Gilpin County, Colorado.[12] They had two sons, George D. Grosvenor (born c. 1933) and Paul R. Grosvenor (born c. 1938).[13]

In January 1938, Grosvenor accepted a job as a biology teacher and the head wrestling coach and assistant basketball coach at Golden High School in Golden, Colorado. In March 1938, he announced his retirement from professional football and agreed to become the head football and basketball coach at Centennial High School in Pueblo, Colorado, starting in September 1938.[14][15][16] During the 1939-1940 academic year, he led the Centennial football team to runner-up status in the Colorado state championship game and the basketball team to a Colorado Class A state championship.[17][18]

In February 1942, Grosvenor announced that he would resign his position at Centennial High School in June 1942 to accept a position with the engineering department of the Colorado Fuel and Iron company.[19] In 1961, he published a paper about the company's basic oxygen steel-making plant in Pueblo, Colorado.[20] In all, Grosvenor spent approximately 30 years with Colorado Fuel and Iron, retiring as the superintendent of steel production. He later worked for several years as a consultant to Fundidora Steel in Monterey, Mexico.[21]

Grosvenor died in 2001 at age 91 in Pueblo.[1] His remains were cremated with inurnment at the Ascension Episcopal Church Columbarium in Pueblo.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "George Grosvenor Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GrosGe21.htm. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  2. Census entry for George H. Grosvenor and family. Son George A., age 9, born in Oklahoma. Census Place: Rock Island, Grant, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1460; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 102; Image: 1099. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
  3. "Power Drives Win Game for Colorado". San Bernardino Daily Sun: p. 14. November 27, 1931. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9994224/power_drives_win_game_for_colorado/.
  4. "All-Conference for 1933". The Salt Lake Tribune: p. 18. December 4, 1933. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9994423/allconference_for_1933_rocky_mountain/.
  5. "Grosvenor Reports to Chicago Bears". Greeley Daily Tribune: p. 6. September 5, 1935. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9994865/grosvenor_reports_to_chicago_bears/.
  6. "Newcomers Win Regular Places in Bear Lineup". Chicago Tribune: p. 34. October 18, 1935. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9994938/newcomers_win_regular_places_in_bear/.
  7. "Cardinals Nurse Grudge As They Drill For Lions". Chicago Tribune: p. 32. November 19, 1936. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9995384/cardinals_nurse_grudge_as_they_drill/.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Cardinals Buy Grosvenor, Half Back, From Bears". Chicago Daily Tribune: p. 27. October 7, 1936. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9995110/cardinals_buy_grosvenor_half_back/.
  9. "Cards Beat Bears 14-7: 66 Yard Run By Grosvenor Breaks 7-7 Tie". Chicago Tribune: p. 17. November 30, 1936. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9995520/cards_beat_bears_147_66_yard_run_by/.
  10. "Four Packers Picked On Pro All-Star Eleven: Dutch Clark Regarded As Greatest Pro". The Sheboygan (WI) Press: p. 14. December 18, 1936. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9984110/four_packers_picked_on_pro_allstar/.
  11. George Strickler (December 16, 1937). "Grosvenor Is Fifth Among Ground Gainers". Chicago Tribune: p. 27. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9995640/grosvenor_is_fifth_among_ground_gainers/.
  12. Ancestry.com. Colorado, County Marriages and State Indexes, 1862-2006 [database on-line].
  13. Census entry for George A. Grosvenor, age 29, born in Oklahoma, and family. Census Place: Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado; Roll: T627_475; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 51-3. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
  14. "Grosvenor Joins Staff of Golden High School". Greeley (CO) Daily Tribune: p. 6. January 11, 1938. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9993417/grosvenor_joins_staff_of_golden_high/.
  15. "Grosvenor To Coach". Greeley (CO) Daily Tribune: p. 8. April 19, 1938. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9993519/grosvenor_to_coach/.
  16. "George Grosvenor Gets Coaching Job". Oakland Tribune: p. 25. March 17, 1938. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9993601/george_grosvenor_gets_coaching_job/.
  17. Wayne Ray (March 21, 1940). "Sports". The Poudre Valley: p. 1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9993745/sports_by_wayne_ray/.
  18. "GPSA Greatest Moments". The Greater Pueblo Sports Association. http://www.pueblogshof.com/index.php/great-moments. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  19. "Grosvenor to Resign Pueblo Coaching Job". The Salt Lake Tribune: p. 9. February 9, 1942. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9993870/grosvenor_to_resign_pueblo_coaching_job/.
  20. George Grosvenor (1961). "Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation's Basic Oxygen Steelmaking Plant". Open Hearth. http://library.aimehq.org/library/books/Open%20Hearth%201961/Open%20Hearth%201961%20-%20048.pdf.
  21. "Obituary for George A. Grosvenor". Pueblo Chieftain. September 22, 2001.
  22. "George A. Grosvenor". Find-a-Grave.com. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62380953. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
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