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date: 06 December 2019

Conzelman, James Gleasonlocked

(06 March 1898–31 July 1970)
  • John M. Carroll


Conzelman, James Gleason (06 March 1898–31 July 1970), football player, coach, and sports executive, was born James Gleason Dunn in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of James Dunn and Margaret Ryan. After his parents divorced and his mother remarried, he took the name of his stepfather. Conzelman attended McKinley High School in St. Louis, where he excelled in sports. In 1916 he enrolled at Washington University in that city, where he played football. The following year he joined the U.S. Navy and served at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station for two years. During his naval service Conzelman played quarterback for the Great Lakes football team that defeated the Mare Island Marines 17–0 in the Rose Bowl game on 1 January 1919. He was also the middleweight boxing champion at Great Lakes. In the fall of 1919 he returned to Washington University and was an All–Missouri Valley quarterback. Conzelman left school in 1920 to help support his widowed mother, a sister, and two brothers....

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