Paul Tangora
Career information
Position(s): Guard
College: Northwestern, 1933–1935
NFL Draft: 1936 / Round: 4 / Pick: 29
Drafted by: Boston Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Honors: 1935 College Football All-America Team
Paul Tangora was an American football player for the Northwestern Wildcats from 1933 to 1935. In 1935, the Associated Press named him as a first team All-American for the guard position. Tangora was raised in Washington, D.C..

Playing careerEdit

He enrolled at Northwestern University where he was selected as a first-team All-American at the guard position by the Associated Press in 1935.[1] After Northwestern defeated Notre Dame in 1935 (the first victory for Northwestern over Notre Dame in 34 years), the Associated Press labeled Tangora the "Wildcat Hero." The wire service reported that "it was Tangora, a square-chinned six-footer, who turned the tide" in the Notre Dame game.[2] Aside from stopping the Notre Dame offense from his spot in the middle of the line, Tangora recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter that set up Northwestern's winning touchdown.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Tangora gained extensive press coverage in December 1935 when he announced his intention to change his major from art to criminology. After a tour of the FBI's laboratory in Washington, D.C., the All-American announced that he was determined to become a "G-Man."[3] Tangora told the Associated Press, "I had no more idea than, the man in the moon what I wanted to do when I came to Northwestern. Finally I discovered I could draw and for awhile decided to make that my life work Then about a year ago I got interested in the department of justice and I knew then that I had found myself."[4] In 1955, Tangora was employed as the Safety Commissioner in Champaign, Illinois.[5] He gained notoriety in 1955 for padlocking a transient hotel that he characterized as a "flop house" in which men were living in filth. Tangora vowed that "we'll have no skid row in Champaign."[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. Alan Gould (1935-12-07). "Lutz, Grayson Only Coast Stars On A.P. All-American: FOUR SOUTHERN ACES GIVEN LAURELS". Oakland Tribune.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paul Mickelson (1935-11-10). "Northwestern Tumbles Notre Dame, 14-7: Wild Cats Score in Final Quarter to Beat Irish for First Time in 34 Seasons". Galveston Daily News (AP wire story).
  3. "Football Star Determined to Become G-Man: Art Studies Have Lost Their Glamor for Paul Tangora". Freeport Journal-Standard. 1935-12-19.
  4. W.R. Walton (1935-12-19). "Star Gridder Determined To Become G-Man: Paul Tangora, Northwestern's All-America Guard, Says He's Found Career". Ada Evening News (AP wire story).
  5. "Powder Puff 'Cops' Ticket Happy". Daily Independent. 1955-09-01.
  6. "Champaign Hotel Closed By Fire Dept. Officials". Daily Journal-Gazette. 1955-06-06.
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