Harry Allis
Date of birth: April 22, 1928(1928-04-22)
Date of death: September 6, 2006(2006-09-06) (aged 78)
Career information
Position(s): End, Defensive end, Placekicker, Punter
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1951 / Round: 27 / Pick: 322
 As player:
1948–1950 Michigan Wolverines

Harry Dean Allis (April 22, 1928 – September 6, 2006) was an American football placekicker. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1948 to 1950. He was the leading scorer in the Big Ten Conference during the 1948 season and helped lead the 1948 Michigan Wolverines football team to an undefeated 10-0 record and a national championship. He also helped lead the 1950 Michigan Wolverines football team to a Big Ten championship, including victories in the Snow Bowl and the 1951 Rose Bowl.

Early yearsEdit

Allis was born in 1928. He was raised in Flint, Michigan.

University of MichiganEdit

Allis enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1947. He played on the all-freshman football team coached by Wally Weber in 1947.[1][2]

1948 seasonEdit

As a sophomore, Allis played for Michigan's 1948 national championship team that finished undefeated and untied with a 10–0 record.[3] As a 20-year-old sophomore, Allis played at the end position for the 1948 and also handled placekicking and punting responsibilities. Serving in multiple roles, Allis scored 47 points for the Wolverines (three touchdowns and 29 extra point kicks) to become the leading scorer in the Big Ten Conference during the 1948 season.[4] He also completed a streak of 14 straight extra point conversions without a miss.[5] His scoring tally was as follows:

  • 10/2/1948: 2 points on 2 extra point kicks against Oregon.[6]
  • 10/9/1948: 4 points on 4 extra point kicks against Purdue.[7]
  • 10/16/1948: 4 points on 4 extra point kicks against Northwestern.[8]
  • 10/23/1948: 3 points on 3 extra point kicks against Minnesota.[9]
  • 10/30/1948: 10 points on a 45-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter and 4 extra point kicks against Illinois. Allis also did most of the punting. The United Press noted: "End Harry Allis, a 20-year-old sophomore, and sheer luck were the biggest factor in Michigan's win triumph ..."[10][11]
  • 11/6/1948: 5 points on 5 extra point kicks against Navy.[12]
  • 11/13/1948: 12 points on a touchdown reception and 6 extra point kicks against Indiana.[5] With 12 points against Indiana, Allis became the leading scorer in the Big Ten Conference with 33 points.[13]
  • 11/20/1948: 7 points on a 44-yard game-winning touchdown reception and an extra point kick in a 13–7 win over Ohio State.[14]

1949 teamEdit

As a junior, Allis started all nine games at the left end position for the 1949 Michigan Wolverines football team. The 1949 team finished the season with a 6–2–1 ranked #7 in the final AP Poll.[15] He had a career-long 51-yard touchdown reception in a 13–0 win over Illinois in October 1949.[16]

1950 teamEdit

As a senior, Allis helped lead the 1950 Michigan Wolverines football team to the Big Ten Conference championship and a victory over California in the 1951 Rose Bowl.[17] In the second game of the season, Allis had a 48-yard touchdown reception against Dartmouth.[18] Allis also returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown against Indiana and a punt 23 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern.[19]

After the 1950 season, Allis was invited to play in the 1951 College All-Star Game in Chicago.[20][21][22]

Professional footballEdit

Allis was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1951 NFL Draft. He turned down an offer to play for the Lions to remain at the University of Michigan for graduate school studies in pharmacy. He signed with the Lions a year later in June 1952,[23] but he was traded to the Chicago Cardinals in August 1952.[24][25]

Medical career and deathEdit

Allis ultimately chose medical school over professional football. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1959. He performed his internship and residency at Blodgett Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1959 to 1964. He took postgraduate training in lower extremity prosthetics and juvenile amputee management at Northwestern University.[26] He practiced for many years as an orthopedic surgeon in East Lansing, Michigan. A malpractice case against Allis arising out of his treatment of a broken arm in 1981 resulted in a published decision affirming the jury's verdict in favor of Allis.[27]

He died in September 2006.[28]


  1. "1947 Football Roster". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  2. "Weber Gives Numerals to 52 Freshmen". The Michigan Daily. November 4, 1947.,2747578&dq=harry-allis&hl=en.
  3. "1948 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  4. "Quiet Allis Gets Results Thru Action". Chicago Daily Tribune. September 8, 1949.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Michigan Clinches at Least Tie for Big Nine Football Title By Routing Indiana: Wolverines Take 22nd Straight, 54-0; Failing With Two Conversion Attempts, Allis Has Streak Broken at 14 in a Row". The New York Times. November 14, 1948.
  6. "Michigan Aerials Check Oregon, 14-0: 65,800 See Wolverines Annex 16th in Row on Passes to Rifenberg and Peterson". The New York Times. October 3, 1948.
  7. "Michigan Give Boilermakers 40-0 Lacing: Wolverines Score 17th Straight Win". The Pittsburgh Press. October 19, 1948.,3888901&dq=harry-allis&hl=en.
  8. "Takes 18th in Row: 85,938 Watch Michigan Score Over Wildcats in Big Nine Contest". The New York Times. October 17, 1948.
  9. "Michigan Conquers Minnesota by 27-14: 65,130 Watch Wolverines Come From Behind Twice To Gain 19th Victory in Row". The New York Times. October 24, 1948.
  10. "Michigan Aerials Nip Illinois, 28-20". The Miami News (UP story). October 31, 1948.,7366532&dq=harry-allis&hl=en.
  11. "Michigan Sneaks By Illini 28-20: Soph Harry Allis Paces 20th Win". The Nebraska State Journal. October 31, 1948.
  12. Lincoln A. Werden (November 7, 1948). "Michigan Crushes Navy 11, 35-0: Gains 21st Victory in a Row Before 85,938 Fans". The New York Times.
  13. "Substitute at Michigan Tops Big 9 Scoring". Chicago Daily Tribune. November 18, 1948.
  14. "Michigan Topples Ohio State, 13 to 3:Wolverines Come From Behind To Gain 23rd Victory in a Row, Keep Big Nine Honors". The New York Times. November 21, 1948.
  15. "1949 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  16. "Michigan Turns Back Fighting Illini, 13-0". Eugene Register-Guard. October 1949.,2123084&dq=allis+michigan&hl=en.
  17. "1950 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  18. "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan.
  19. "Michigan Football Record Book". University of Michigan. 2011. p. 113.
  20. "All-Stars Drill At Game Site". St. Petersburg Times. August 15, 1951.,5101720&dq=allis+michigan&hl=en.
  21. Wilfrid Smith (August 10, 1951). "GAIN AND ALLIS LEAD ALL-STARS IN PLACE KICKS". Chicago Daily Tribune.
  22. "3 Michigan Gridmen Join All-Star Team". The Sun, Baltimore, Md.. July 16, 1951.
  23. "Michigan End Signs With Detroit Lions". Stars and Stripes (UP story). June 13, 1952.
  24. "Cards Obtain Harry Allis, Michigan End". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 20, 1952.
  25. "Lions Send Allis To Cards For Draft Choice". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 20, 1952.,1086940&dq=harry+allis&hl=en.
  26. James R. Glessner and Harry Allis (July/August 1964). "Replacement of Injectable with Orally Aministered Analgesic Agents After Surgery". Anesthesia & Analgesia.
  27. "Beadle v. Allis". Court of Appeals of Michigan. October 27, 1987.
  28. "Deaths". Lansing State Journal. September 8, 2006.

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