1946-1948 Chicago Rockets (AAFC), 1949-1957 Los Angeles Rams
Elroy Leon Hirsch. . .Led College All-Stars upset of Rams, 1946. . . Became key part of Rams' revolutionary "three-end" offense, 1949. . . Led NFL in receiving, scoring, 1951. . .10 of 17 TD catches, 1951, were long-distance "bombs". . .Mixed sprinter speed with halfback elusiveness. . . Named all-time NFL flanker, 1969. . .Career record: 387 catches for 7,029 yards, 60 TDs; 399 points scored. . .Born June 17, 1923, in Wausau, Wisconsin. . .Died January 28, 2004 at age of 80...
Elroy Leon Hirsch was born in Wausau, Wisconsin on June 17, 1923. He attended the University of Wisconsin for two years and then transferred to the University of Michigan. Hirsch would earn All-American honors at both Michigan and Wisconsin. As a halfback in college, Hirsch earned the nickname 'CRAZYLEGS' for his quick crossover step and change of direction.
While at Michigan, Hirsch became the first Wolverine to letter in four sports in one year, playing baseball, football, basketball, and track. Hirsch finished his collegiate career as an All-American before joining the Marine Corps in 1943. As a Marine, Hirsch rose through the enlisted ranks to Staff Sergeant, before being promoted as a Second Lieutenant. During his time in California, Hirsch played football for MCAS El Toro and was named the leagues' All-Star MVP in 1946.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 1946, Hirsch signed with the Chicago Rockets, playing with them until 1949, when he signed with the Los Angles Rams. In 1950, Rams coach Joe Stydahar moved Hirsch to end. Although he had never played end before, the Rams won the NFL championship in 1951, with Hirsch catching 17 touchdowns, five in excess of 70 yards. He led the league with an average of 22.7 yards per catch and 1495 yards receiving.
Living in Los Angles, Hirsch played himself in the 1953 movie, "Crazy Legs", and also made cameo appearances in two other Hollywood movies years later.
After his football career ended in 1957, Hirsch succeeded Pete Rozelle as the General Manager of the Los Angles Rams from 1960-69 before returning to Wisconsin as the Athletic Director for 18 years. In 1982, the University of Wisconsin's Crazy Legs Classic was named in his honor.
Hirsch was one of the most exciting players of his time. Hirsch was elected into the Football Hall of Fame in 1968, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. The three-time Pro Bowler was also named as the All-Time NFL Flanker in 1969. Elroy Hirsch passed away on January 28, 2004, and is survived by his wife Ruth and two children.