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Urban Odson



1936 Clark HS grad. University of Minnesota. An All-American tackle for Minnesota in 1940, he helped the Gophers to unbeaten seasons and national titles in ’40 and ’41. The 6-3, 251-pounder was a first-round draft pick (ninth overall) of the Green Bay Packers in 1942. He was selected to play in the 1942 College All-Star game on Aug. 28, 1942, in front of 101,103 fans agains the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago. He also was selected to play in the East-West Shrine game. He entered the Navy and played for the legendary WWII Great Lakes football teams that played exhibition games against pro teams. Ensign Odson is listed on the Football and America: World War II Honor Roll at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. After serving a tour in the Pacific theatre aboard the USS Amsterdam, Odson went on to play under Curly Lambeau for four seasons for the Packers (‘46-49) before winding up with a season in the Canadian Football League at Montreal in 1950.

At Clark, Odson earned 10 letters in football, track and basketball.

He was inducted into the University of Minnesota “M” Club Hall of Fame in 2011.














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