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Weert Engelmann - Inducted 1974

Miller High School. 1930 SDSU grad. Was all-conference in football and basketball at SDSU, but he may have been even better in track. As a sophomore, he placed in six events at the North Central Conference meet, winning two. As a junior, he entered seven events and won six (low and high hurdles, discus, shot put, long jump, high jump). As a senior, competing in those same six events, he had four firsts and two seconds. SDSU won the conference title all three years. Won triple jump at Drake Relays as a junior, then won discus at Drake as a senior. In 1928 he missed by one-fourth of a point of making the U.S. Olympic decathlon team, finishing fifth (the top four made the team). His top times and distances: Discus (154-6), shot put (43-6), javelin (172-6), 120-yard high hurdles (15.0), 220-yard low hurdles (24.7), 100 meters (11.1), 400 (51.0), long jump (23-3/4), high jump (6-0) and pole vault (11-9). The 6-3, 191-pound Engelmann played four seasons (1930-33) for Green Bay, helping the Packers to NFL titles in '30 and '31. In his NFL career, he rushed for 263 yards and scored nine touchdowns, including two on interceptions, one on a kickoff return and four receiving.

(Most photos courtesy of the SDSU Archives)

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