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Handsome Hoya: 1925

Handsome Hoya: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Grigsby, Georgetown." Hilltop star center Claude Grigsby, "a well-built, iron-muscled lad from Chicago," according to the Washington Post. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Tough, sure

but if he faced off against a modern defensive line, there'd be nothing left but a grease spot (from his hair, of course).

My how the game has changed

I checked Google to see the average size of today's college offensive linemen. Here is what I found:

"For a fairly major Division I-A (FBS) team offensive tackles range in size from about 6'4" to 6'8" and about 290-350 lbs. An offensive guard (interior lineman) will range from about 6'0" to 6'5" and about 280-330 lbs. A center will be at about 6'1" to 6'4" and 280-315 lbs."

Those early players may have been much smaller, but boy I bet they were TOUGH!!!

Two Years Later

Mr. Grigsby played center for the 1927 College Football All-America team. He was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953.

How many miles could he go

Before changing the oil in his hair?

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