Legend of the University of Minnesota football program, he coached the Golden Gophers to five national championships in the 1930s and '40s.
He went from using crutches due to a debilitating childhood disease to becoming a star three-point shooter in high school and at UM.
His Golden Gophers went undefeated, with a national championship five times in his first ten years, earning him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame.
He was married to Clara McKenzie Bierman.
The Hall of Fame fullback Bronko Nagurski was another great product of the University of Minnesota football program.