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Edgar Manske


Edgar John Manske

Inducted 1989

Date of Birth



Nekoosa, WI


Northwestern University (1931-1933)


Edgar Manske, known everywhere by the exotic nickname, "Eggs", was a star football player, star basketball player, lawyer, coach, educator and Navy officer. He worked his way through college, married a campus beauty queen and was one of the last men to play football without a helmet. "Eggs", played three years at end for Northwestern and was named first-team All-America in 1933. He also was All-Big Ten in basketball. The Big Ten had no athletic scholarships in those days, so Manske worked during the school year. His thirst for education continued beyond Northwestern, and he obtained a law degree. Life was varied after his Northwestern days. He spent 1934, as assistant coach at Boston University, played pro football 1935-1940, and was with the Chicago Bears when they beat Washington 73-0 in the 1940 championship game. That was his last pro game, but he played in 1942, with St. Mary's Preflight School and was All-Service All-America. Then came three years on Navy duty in the South Pacific. "Eggs", was assistant coach at California 1947-1952, and spent 20 years teaching in Berkeley, California public schools. He won an award as Berkeley's outstanding teacher. He retired to Escondido, California, with his wife, the former Jane Fauntz, a beauty queen and a medal winner in Olympic diving.


Height 6'0

Weight 185

Career Highlights

  • 1933 All-Conference
  • 1933 First Team All-America
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