Tom Hirsch - 1984 O-Pee-Chee

Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch (1923-2004) (RB/WR) is the only athlete in University of Michigan history to letter in four sports (football, track, basketball, baseball) and was the first player to be utilized full-time at wide receiver, or flanker, in the National Football League. Elroy played for the Universities of Wisconsin and Michigan and was saddled with the nickname “Crazylegs” by a Chicago Daily News sportswriter for his unique and peculiar running style. He was said to “look like a demented duck” while he ran with “his legs gyrating in six different directions, all at the same time.” The Chicago Rockets of the All-America Football Conference drafted Hirsch with the fifth overall pick of the 1945 NFL Draft. He played three seasons with the Rockets (1946-1948) before the AAFC merged with the NFL and he became a Los Angeles Ram for the remainder of his career (1949-1957). The Rams played for the NFL League Championship in Hirsch’s first three seasons and in 1951 stormed to the title riding Hirsch’s incredible season. In 1951, Hirsch led the league in reviving yards (1,495), receptions (66), average yards per reception (22.7) and yards per game (124.6), touchdowns (17), longest touchdown reception (91 yards) and yards from scrimmage (1,498). He was named to his first of two NFL All-Pro First Teams (1951, 1953) and made his first of three consecutive NFL Pro Bowl appearances (1951-1953). Elroy Hirsch finished his career with 7,029 receiving yards and 60 receiving touchdowns. Overall, Crazylegs posted 7,716 total all-purpose yards, 66 total touchdowns and 9 extra points for 405 total career points. Elroy Hirsch was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.


Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (17)