triple-threat quarterback from 1930 to 1932, Harry
Newman was everybody’s All–American
during his senior year at Ann Arbor.
Among the many honors he received
in 1932 were the Douglas
Fairbanks Trophy as Outstanding College
Player of the Season (predecessor
of the Heisman Trophy) and the
Helms Athletic Foundation Player of
the Year Award.
In his three gridiron seasons at
Michigan, aside from a single loss and
two ties, the Wolverines won every
game. Of the total of 480 minutes of
game time during his undefeated senior
year, Newman played 437 minutes.
College players played both offense
and defense until the mid-1950s.
Newman moved to professional
football in 1933 with the New York Giants
and was immediately one of the
pro game’s highest paid performers.
He signed a percentage contract based
upon attendance. In his rookie year,
he led the Giants to the National Football
League championship game
against the Chicago Bears. Although
the Bears won the contest 23–21, Newman
tossed two touchdown passes
and at one point completed 13 straight
He picked up where he left off the
following year, but suffered two broken
bones in his back in a mid-season
game against Chicago, and his career
appeared to be ended. Although the
Giants went on to defeat the Bears inthe 1934 NFL title game
the recuperating quarterback
was summoned from retirement at
mid-season in 1935 in hopes of reviving
the faltering New Yorkers. Newman
led the Giants to the Eastern Conference
title that year, but it was to be
his final season (only his third) of professional
In 1952, Newman was in the first
group of college football stars elected
to the College Football Hall of Fame.