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{{Infobox NFL biography
|birth_date=July 17, 1927
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|image=Thurman McGraw - 1951 Bowman.jpg
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|caption=McGraw on a 1951 Bowman football card
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|position=[[Defensive tackle]]
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|birth_date={{Birth date|1927|7|17}}
 
|birth_place=[[Garden City, Kansas]]
 
|birth_place=[[Garden City, Kansas]]
|death_date={{death date and age|2000|09|13|1927|07|17}}
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|death_date={{Death date and age|2000|9|13|1927|07|17}}
 
|death_place=[[Fort Collins, Colorado]]
 
|death_place=[[Fort Collins, Colorado]]
|Position=[[Defensive tackle]]
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|height_ft=6
|College=[[Colorado State University|Colorado State]]
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|height_in=5
|DraftedYear=1950
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|weight_lbs =235
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|high_school=Paonia ([[Paonia, Colorado]])
|DraftedPick=27
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|college=[[Colorado State Rams football|Colorado A&M]]
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* [[Detroit Lions]] ({{NFL Year|1950}}–{{NFL Year|1954}})
|years=1950-1954
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* [[Pro Bowl]] ([[1951 Pro Bowl|1950]])
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'''Thurman "Fum" McGraw''' is a former [[College football|collegiate football]] [[defensive tackle]] and 1981 inductee into the [[College Football Hall of Fame]].
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'''Thurman "Fum" McGraw''' (July 17, 1927 September 13, 2000) was an [[American football]] player and college athletics administrator. He was inducted into the [[College Football Hall of Fame]] in 1981.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
He was born in [[Garden City, Kansas]]. Standing 6'5" and weighing 235 lbs., McGraw was fresh from action with the [[United States Marine Corps|U.S. Marine Corps]] in [[World War II]] when he enrolled at [[Colorado State University]] in 1946, when it was known as Colorado A&M. It did not take long before he began making his mark as an exceptional football talent. Working diligently at his game, McGraw called upon lessons learned as a [[boxing|boxer]] and [[wrestling|wrestler]] to fashion himself into a special breed of football player. His arm strength was crushing to opposing players and his agile style developed through wrestling served him well when fending off enemy linemen. Colorado A&M finished a dismal 2-7-0 in McGraw's freshman season, but things would change quickly. As a sophomore, McGraw helped his Rams post a 5-4-1 mark - the team's best record in 11 years. Then, in 1948, everything came together for the Aggies, who posted surprising upsets over rivals [[Utah State University|Utah State]], [[University of Wyoming|Wyoming]], [[Brigham Young University|Brigham Young]] and arch [[sports rivalry|rival]] [[University of Colorado at Boulder|Colorado]]. The 1949 campaign, McGraw's last as a four-year [[Letterman (sports)|letterman]], was even better for the Aggies as they logged an impressive 9-1-0 record marred only by a loss to Wyoming. After graduation, McGraw joined the [[Detroit Lions]] and captured [[Rookie]] of the Year and All-Pro honors. In 1981 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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McGraw was born in [[Garden City, Kansas]]. Standing 6'5" and weighing 235 lbs., McGraw was fresh from action with the [[United States Marine Corps|U.S. Marine Corps]] in [[World War II]] when he enrolled at [[Colorado State University]] in 1946, when it was known as Colorado A&M. Working diligently at his game, McGraw called upon lessons learned as a [[boxing|boxer]] and [[wrestling|wrestler]] to fashion himself into a special breed of football player. His arm strength was crushing to opposing players and his agility developed through wrestling served him well when fending off enemy linemen. Colorado A&M finished 2–7 in McGraw's freshman season, but things would change quickly. As a sophomore, McGraw helped his Rams post a 5–4–1 mark, the team's best record in 11 years. Then, in 1948, the Aggies posted upsets over rivals [[Utah State Aggies football|Utah State]], [[Wyoming Cowboys football|Wyoming]], [[BYU Cougars football|BYU]] and archrival [[Colorado Buffaloes football|Colorado]]. The 1949 campaign, McGraw's last as a four-year [[Letterman (sports)|letterman]], saw the Aggies log a 9–1 record marred only by a loss to Wyoming. After graduation, McGraw joined the [[Detroit Lions]] and captured Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors. In 1981, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
   
While at Colorado State University, McGraw was the school's first consensus football All-American in 1948 and 1949. When he returned to CSU in later years as a staff member, he also served as the athletic director from 1976-86.<ref>°[http://www.csurams.com/trads/fums-song.html]</ref><references/>
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While at Colorado State, McGraw was the school's first football All-American in 1949. When he returned to CSU in later years as a staff member, he also served as the athletic director from 1976 to 1986.
   
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==References==
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{{Reflist}}
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==External links==
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* {{College Football HoF|1608}}
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* {{Footballstats |nfl=|espn= |cbs= |yahoo= |si= |pfr=M/McGrTh00 |rotoworld= }}
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{{Colorado State Rams athletic director navbox}}
 
{{1952 Detroit Lions}}
 
{{1952 Detroit Lions}}
 
{{1953 Detroit Lions}}
 
{{1953 Detroit Lions}}
   
{{Persondata
 
|NAME= McGraw, Thurman "Fum"
 
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|SHORT DESCRIPTION= United States Marine
 
|DATE OF BIRTH= July 17, 1927
 
|PLACE OF BIRTH= [[Garden City, Kansas]]
 
|DATE OF DEATH= September 13, 2000
 
|PLACE OF DEATH= [[Fort Collins, Colorado]]
 
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[[Category:1927 births]]
 
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[[Category:People from Finney County, Kansas]]
 
[[Category:American military personnel of World War II]]
 
 
[[Category:American football defensive tackles]]
 
[[Category:American football defensive tackles]]
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[[Category:American football tackles]]
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[[Category:Colorado State Rams athletic directors]]
 
[[Category:Colorado State Rams football players]]
 
[[Category:Colorado State Rams football players]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions players]]
 
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[[Category:Western Conference Pro Bowl players]]
 
 
[[Category:College Football Hall of Fame inductees]]
 
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[[Category:American Marine Corps personnel of World War II]]
 
[[Category:United States Marines]]
 
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[[Category:Players of American football from Colorado]]

Latest revision as of 01:45, August 22, 2019

Thurman "Fum" McGraw
refer to caption
McGraw on a 1951 Bowman football card
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1927-07-17)July 17, 1927
Garden City, Kansas
Died:September 13, 2000(2000-09-13) (aged 73)
Fort Collins, Colorado
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Paonia (Paonia, Colorado)
College:Colorado A&M
NFL Draft:1950 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 1950 1954)
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (1950)
Player stats at PFR

Thurman "Fum" McGraw (July 17, 1927 – September 13, 2000) was an American football player and college athletics administrator. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

BiographyEdit

McGraw was born in Garden City, Kansas. Standing 6'5" and weighing 235 lbs., McGraw was fresh from action with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II when he enrolled at Colorado State University in 1946, when it was known as Colorado A&M. Working diligently at his game, McGraw called upon lessons learned as a boxer and wrestler to fashion himself into a special breed of football player. His arm strength was crushing to opposing players and his agility developed through wrestling served him well when fending off enemy linemen. Colorado A&M finished 2–7 in McGraw's freshman season, but things would change quickly. As a sophomore, McGraw helped his Rams post a 5–4–1 mark, the team's best record in 11 years. Then, in 1948, the Aggies posted upsets over rivals Utah State, Wyoming, BYU and archrival Colorado. The 1949 campaign, McGraw's last as a four-year letterman, saw the Aggies log a 9–1 record marred only by a loss to Wyoming. After graduation, McGraw joined the Detroit Lions and captured Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors. In 1981, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

While at Colorado State, McGraw was the school's first football All-American in 1949. When he returned to CSU in later years as a staff member, he also served as the athletic director from 1976 to 1986.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:Colorado State Rams athletic director navbox

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