"You had to be there to realize how great Sid was."
—Jimmy Cannon, sportswriter
Sid Luckman (1916–1998)
Columbia College 1939
After a stellar football career at Columbia, Luckman went on to national fame as an innovative quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Though a passing tailback in college, Luckman was installed as quarterback in the T-formation pioneered by Bears coach George Halas. His performance in the 1940 NFL title game, a record-setting 73-0 win over the Washington Redskins, started a mass conversion to the "T" offense. In his 12-year professional career, Luckman made the All-Pro team five times, was most valuable player in 1943, and was the first quarterback to pass for 400 yards in one game. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.