September 26, 1942

Elroy Hirsch is first tagged “˜Crazylegs’ after a 60-yard touchdown run vs. Notre Dame prompted Francis Powers of the Chicago Daily News to say, “His crazy legs were gyrating in six different directions all at the same time.” Hirsch played just one year for the Badgers, rushing for 786 yards, passing for 226 yards and accumulating 390 yards receiving on the way to third-team All-America honors from Look magazine.


Hirsch then entered the Marine Corps and transferred to the University of Michigan, where he finished his collegiate career. Following a 12-year pro career, including three Pro Bowl appearances with the Los Angeles Rams, Hirsch returned to UW to serve as Director of Athletics from 1969-1987.