Eckersall, Walter Herbert
- John M. Carroll
Eckersall, Walter Herbert (17 June 1886–24 March 1930), football player, referee, and sportswriter, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Walter Eckersall and Minnie Killerlain. Little is known about his family or early years except that as a boy of seven or eight he began playing “prairie football” on the streets and vacant lots of his neighborhood. This brand of football emphasized a wide-open style of play, including end runs and broken field running. This style ran counter to the prevailing line-smashing tactics that were then widely used in the eastern United States, where football was first developed. Eckersall would be a major force in popularizing this style of football during his career....