Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Football Hero Who Was an American Hero | CNS News

Tom Harmon on the cover of Life Magazine
(Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)
As a halfback at Michigan, he ran for 33 touchdowns, threw for 16 more, won the Heisman Trophy and was the first player picked in the NFL draft.
But the hardest hits Tom Harmon ever took were not on a football field. They were in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Harmon came out of a big Catholic family in a small Midwestern town — and was proud of both.
"Lou and Rose Harmon were good Catholics, and they were raising their family to have faith in the 'Big Boss' upstairs," he wrote about his parents in his 1944 memoir "Pilots Also Pray."
He had five siblings, who were close — and candid — with each other.
"The Harmon children felt it was their right to say anything they pleased about each other, but let an outsider make a smarty remark about one of them and the battle royal was on," he said. "They just stuck naturally together."
Having won fame as a college star, Harmon made some remarkable decisions about his early post-college career. (CONTINUED)
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