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Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins

Position:
End

Head Coach:
1930-1948



Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: 1954

All-American Selection: 1915, 1919

Bob Higgins, a native of Corning, N.Y., came to Penn State as a student in 1914 and became one of only five players in the history of Nittany Lion football to earn five letters. He served as captain of the team as a senior when he was named to the 1919 Walter Camp All-American team. Higgins also lettered in baseball, boxing and wrestling and played two years of professional football with the Canton Bulldogs. His coaching career included stays at West Virginia Wesleyan and Washington University in St. Louis, before he returned to Penn State in 1928 as an assistant. Higgins was appointed the Lions' head coach in 1930 and compiled a 91-57- 11 record in 19 seasons. His 1947 team was unbeaten in the regular-season and tied Southern Methodist, 13-13, in the 1948 Cotton Bowl. Higgins, who died in 1969, was elected to the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. He was born Nov. 24, 1893.

End,1915 and 1919, Corning, N.Y., selected by the International News Service (precursor to United Press International) in 1915 and Walter Camp in 1919. His 85-yard touchdown reception against Pittsburgh was immortalized in Knute Rockne's "Great Football Plays."

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