Elroy Hirsch

Elroy Hirsch

About Elroy Hirsch

Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch (June 17, 1923 - January 28, 2004) was an American football running back and receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Rockets, nicknamed for his unusual running style. Hirsch was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. He developed his running style running cross legged over four square cement sidewalk blocks in his home town. Hirsch played for legendary coach Win Brockmeyer during his time at Wausau High School. Hirsch played his first college season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers in 1942. His nickname was permanently affixed to him by Chicago Daily News sportswriter Francis Powers who, upon witnessing him play for the Badgers against the Great Lakes Naval Station in 1942, wrote 'His crazy legs were gyrating in six different directions, all at the same time; he looked like a demented duck.' His commitment to the United States Navy V-12 program in United States Marine Corps required him to transfer to the University of Michigan.

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