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Norm Van Brocklin


Norman Mack Van Brocklin

Inducted 1966

Date of Birth



Eagle Butte, SD


University of Oregon (1946-1948)


Norm Van Brocklin was calm under the pressures of a charging defense. The Oregon quarterback was cool and quick-thinking, a master at calling "automatics" when he sized up a play situation and reviewed the defense. He was fast to learn that a good quarterback watched the defense, not his receivers. Norm was gifted with a peripheral vision that allowed him to take into view the entire panorama of play. This gift, along with a natural passing arm, made Van Brocklin the nation's premier quarterback in the post World War II era. He led Oregon to a 9-2 record in 1948, his senior season, earning first-team All-America honors and placing sixth in the Heisman vote. From Oregon, Norm advanced to a 12-year professional career, ending with the Philadelphia Eagles, as he led his team to the world championship in 1960, his final season as a player. "He had a rubber arm," said an admiring Otto Graham. And after he became a star in the pros it seemed he would go on forever. Norm did go on to become a professional coach, continuing to use his fine tactical mind in football's ultimate leadership role.


Height 6'2

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1948 First Team All-America
  • 1948 Heisman - Sixth
  • 1947 All-West Coast
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