Norm Van Brocklin

Norm Van Brocklin

About Norm Van Brocklin

Norman Mack 'Norm' Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 - May 2, 1983), nicknamed 'The Dutchman', was an American football quarterback, punter, and coach in the National Football League. Van Brocklin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Van Brocklin was born in Parade, Dewey County, South Dakota to Mack and Ethel Van Brocklin and grew up in Walnut Creek, California. He played high school football at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California. Van Brocklin served in the United States Navy from 1943 through 1945. Van Brocklin led the Oregon Ducks to a 16-5 record as a starter, including tying with Cal for the 1948 title of the Pacific Coast Conference, forerunner of the Pac-10. Oregon did not go to the Rose Bowl, however, because Cal was voted by the other schools to represent the PCC in the game. Among the Cal voters was the University of Washington, which elevated the intensity of the Oregon-Washington rivalry.

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