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Shorty Miller


Eugene Ellsworth Miller

Inducted 1974

Date of Birth



Andersontown, PA


Pennsylvania State University (1910-1913)


The captains of the arch rival Penn and Penn State gathered at mid-field for the toss of the coin before the start of the 1911 game. Penn won the flip and elected to kickoff. It was a fatal mistake. Gene "Shorty" Miller, Penn State's heralded sophomore quarterback, weaved 95 yards for a touchdown. Minutes later, Miller scored again, this time on a 32-yard run, and the Nittany Lions went on to a 22-6 victory and the first of two undefeated seasons. Miller was the Penn State spark plug then, a 5-5 power-pack atop stubby legs. Football was fun to Miller and he often sent his teammates into roaring laughter. A natural mimic, Miller's favorite amusement was to imitate his coach, Jack Hollenback. He would stand in mock seriousness before his mates and deliver fearsome pep talks, which guaranteed the Lions would be loose once they took the field. Miller, the "Meteoric Midget" missed only one game during his four-year career at Penn State as the Lions went 23-8-2.


Height 5'5

Weight 145

Career Highlights

  • 1913 Third Team All-America
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