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Bruce Smith


Bruce Phillip Smith

Inducted 1972

Date of Birth



Faribault, MN


University of Minnesota (1939-1941)


They might have called him "the savior," for Bruce "Boo" Smith made a habit of salvaging victory from the depths of apparent defeat, doing it in flashy, long-run fashion and leading Minnesota to national titles in 1940 and 1941. In pacing the Gophers to the first of their back-to-back 8-0-0 campaigns, Smith was a sensation in 1940, scoring come-from-behind touchdowns that ended threats by Nebraska, Ohio State and Michigan. A courageous and inspired performer, Smith saved his best for last. In 1941, as a senior captain of the Minnesota squad, he ran over the competition and won the Heisman Trophy. Smith's post-season play proved to be a continuation of his collegiate excellence. He was the MVP in the 1942 College All Star Game against the NFL's Chicago Bears and, after enlisting as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot, won the Player of the Year honors in Armed Forces competition.


Height 6'0

Weight 193

Career Highlights

  • 1941 All-Conference
  • 1941 Consensus All-America
  • 1941 Heisman Trophy Winner
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