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Walter Koppisch


Walter Frederick Koppisch

Inducted 1981

Date of Birth



Pendleton, NY


Columbia University (1921-1924)


In the Columbia - New York University game of 1924, the NYU defense knew that victory depended upon its ability to stop the Columbia halfback Walter Koppisch. However, the NYU effort failed miserably. Koppisch stunned the rival defense with electrifying touchdown runs of 76, 67 and 55 yards - all in one quarter - as Columbia romped to a 40-0 victory. Koppisch's performance prompted Hall of Fame coach Percy Haughton to proclaim: "He's the best back I've ever coached!" But Koppisch was also an all-around talent. He was a bone-crushing blocker on offense and a defensive player of bruising tackling abilities. A four-year letterman for Columbia, Koppisch captured All-America recognition in both his junior and senior seasons. And in 1970, when Columbia marked its 100th anniversary of football competition, Koppisch was a leading vote-getter in that centennial balloting. Ironically, one of his teammates during those early seasons of the 1920's was to gain greatness in another sport. Lou Gehrig, the New York Yankee baseball legend, was a lineman for the Lions, clearing paths for Koppisch.


Height 5'10

Weight 180

Career Highlights

  • 1924 First Team All-America
  • 1923 Third Team All-America
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