Sunday, September 13, 2009

Alma mater plans Berwanger night

The late Jay Berwanger, Dubuque High School Class of 1932, will be honored at his alma mater's football game against Dubuque Hempstead on Friday, Oct. 2.

I'm not sure of the occasion, but it might be the 30th anniversary of his donation of a Heisman Trophy to Dubuque Senior High. The trophy is on display in the school's trophy case.

There is occasional discussion and debate whether the trophy is the one Berwanger accepted from the Downtown Athletic Club in New York in December 1935, but most indications are that the first trophy went to the University of Chicago and the duplicate Berwanger received later went to Senior High.

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