Tuffy Conn
George "Tuffy" Conn in 1918
Date of birth: (1892-02-22)February 22, 1892
Place of birth: Hebron, Illinois
Date of death: August 2, 1973(1973-08-02) (aged 81)
Place of death: Laguna Beach, California
Career information
Position(s): Halfback
Career highlights and awards
Playing stats at

George Washington "Tuffy" Conn (February 22, 1892 – August 2, 1973) was a professional American football player who played in 1920 for the Cleveland Tigers and the Akron Pros of the American Professional Football Association (renamed the National Football League in 1922). Conn won the first AFPA-NFL title that season with the Pros.

Oregon StateEdit

Before playing professional football, Conn played college football at Oregon Agricultural College (now called Oregon State University). In 1916, under coach E. J. Stewart, Conn ran for a record 103 yard touchdown off of a fumble recovery. Conn left the Aggies after his freshman year and transferred to Penn. There he continued to play football for the Quakers.[1]

World War IEdit

During World War I, Conn was stationed at Camp Crane in Allentown, Pennsylvania to train as part of the U.S. Army Ambulance Corps (USAAC) before deploying to France. While in Pennsylvania, he played on the "Usaacs" football team with future notable professional players Brooke Brewer and Carl Beck.[2]


Conn was also the coach of the 1920 football squad at John Carroll University. During his one season with the college, the team compiled a 4–2 record.[3]

Post footballEdit

Conn later moved to Pasadena, California and became a successful real estate agent and a member of the prestigious Pasadena Athletic Club.[1]


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