Russ Saunders
Fullback (gridiron football)
Personal information
Date of birth: (1906-01-26)January 26, 1906
Place of birth: Ardmore, Oklahoma
Date of death: April 28, 1987(1987-04-28) (aged 81)
Place of death: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: USC
Debuted in 1931 for the Green Bay Packers
Last played in 1931 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Champion (1931)
Career NFL statistics as of 1931
Games played     9
Stats at

Russ Saunders (born Stebbell Russell Saunders) was a fullback in the National Football League. He played with the Green Bay Packers during the 1931 NFL season.[1]

He was an All-American at USC and was one of the models for the Tommy Trojan statue.[2] He was MVP in the 1930 Rose Bowl when he led the Trojans to a 47–14 victory over the Pittsburg Panthers.

After playing football, Russ went on to a career in Hollywood. In 1938 he was nominated for an Oscar for best Assistant Director for The Life of Emile Zola. He was assistant or Second Unit director on more than 85 films [3] including PT 109, Hatari, Arsenic and Old Lace, High Sierra and production manager for Stripes, The Amityville Horror and Bonnie and Clyde among others. His first screen appearance was in the 1927 movie The Drop Kick in which the 1927 USC team appeared. In that film, Russ appeared along with John Wayne—a teammate from the USC team—and worked on many of Wayne's movies over the following decades.


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