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George Kerr


George Valentine Kerr

Inducted 1984

Date of Birth



Brookline, MA


Boston College (1938-1940)


The "Righteous Reject", as he was called at Boston College, reported to Coach Gil Dobie wearing three sweaters and two overcoats to boost his 155 pounds to 180 after he was told he was too small for college football. As a result, George Kerr surprised everyone when he excelled as a guard, going from sixth team to receiving All-American mention. Frank Leahy hailed the Boston native as the greatest scholar-athlete he ever coached. Not only did Kerr graduate Cum Laude as class salutarian, he captained the unbeaten Eagles his senior year as well. Kerr helped to post a 26-3-2 record in three seasons, and his outstanding Sugar Bowl performance against Tennessee earned him a place on the all-time Sugar Bowl team. Kerr entered the seminary and was ordained in 1945. Named Domestic Prelate as he was named Right Reverend Monsignor of Pope Paul in 1964, he served as chaplain of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Kerr was well known for his humanitarianism and boundless energy. His work with the Boston Association for Retarded Citizens was exemplary, but he will probably be most remembered for his untiring commitment to inner-city education.


Height 6'0

Weight 195

Career Highlights

  • 1940 Third Team All-America
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