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Alan Ameche


Alan Dante Ameche

Inducted 1975

Date of Birth



Kenosha, WI


University of Wisconsin (1951-1954)


Known as "The Horse," Alan Ameche was one of college football's greatest fullbacks. The winner of the 1954 Heisman Trophy, Ameche held the NCAA record for career rushing yards at the time of his graduation. In the 1951 season he became the first freshman to lead the Big Ten in rushing. Ameche duplicated his rushing feat the following year as the Badgers were Big Ten co-champions and Wisconsin made its first trip to the Rose Bowl. Despite a 113-yard performance by "The Horse," Wisconsin was defeated 7-0 by Southern California. In 1953, Ameche won his first All-America award and the Wisconsin Most Valuable Player Award. As a senior in 1954 Ameche was named as a unanimous All-America. In addition to being two-time All-America he was a two-time Academic All-America. As a professional player with the Baltimore Colts he scored the winning touchdown in the 1958 NFL championship game, the first "sudden death" game in NFL history. He was a four-time All-Pro selection.


Height 6'0

Weight 215

Career Highlights

  • 1954 Academic All-America
  • 1954 All-Conference
  • 1954 Conference MVP
  • 1954 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 1954 Unanimous All-America
  • 1953 Academic All-America
  • 1953 All-Conference
  • 1953 First Team All-America
  • 1953 Heisman - Sixth
  • 1952 All-Conference
  • 1952 First Team All-America
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