Golden Football Magazine

January 18, 2021


23 microphones were set up at Vince Lombardi's first press conference in 1969 after he became head coach of the Redskins. That contrasted with JUST one microphone at President Nixon's most recent press conference. Lombardi told the reporters, "Let me make one thing clear, gentlemen. I can't walk on water, not even when the Potomac is frozen."

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On October 31, 1897, in a football game between Virginia and Georgia, the star of the Geor­gia team, an 18-year-old boy named Richard Vonalbade Gammon suffered head injuries from which he died that night.
On November 5, 1921, 24 years after his death, the University of Virginia presented to the Univer­sity of Georgia a bronze plaque symbolizing the spirt of the Gammons, mother and son. The plaque shows a mother with her son embraced in her right arm and holding up a shield with her left. On the shield is inscribed, "THE CAUSE SHALL LIVE IN WHICH HIS LIFE WAS GIVEN." The background of the plaque reads "ROSALIND BURNS GAMMON, 1851-1904, AND VONALBADE GAMMON, 1879-1897," and below the instruction reads: "A MOTHER'S STRENGTH PREVAILED."

Gammons Plaque at University of Georgia
This is the story behind the plaque.
On the afternoon of October 31, 1897, Georgia was playing its traditional rival, Virginia. The star of the Georgia team was a youngster named Von Gammon. Suddenly, during that hard-fought game there was a furious mixup as the players of both teams clashed near the Georgia goal-line, one team deter­mined to score, the other just as grimly determined to prevent a touch­down. When the players on the ground were unscrambled, one was found at the bottom of the human heap–unconscious. He was the star of the Georgia team–Von Gammon. He was carried off the field suffering from a brain concussion. By morning, Von Gammon was dead.
The Georgia team quickly disbanded. Protests against the brutality of football rose to fever pitch. An anti-football bill was introduced in the State Legislature–quickly passed and forwarded to the governor of the state for his signature. It looked as though football in the South was doomed. Meanwhile, the rest of the country watched Georgia, waiting to take similar action.
But in football's darkest hour, a woman came forward. For that woman wrote a stirring letter to the Governor of Georgia, begging him not to sign the bill. She pleaded with the governor not to use Von Gammon's tragic death as an excuse to outlaw the game. That woman's touching appeal helped save college football in the South. For the bill never did become a law. Strangely enough, that woman was the mother of Von Gammon, the Georgia star who had been killed!
For several years thereafter, football grew and prospered–when suddenly, the game was once again threatenedwith destruction. In the season of 1905, 32 players were killed! This frightful toll of human life brought down public wrath. Eighteen state legislatures introduced bills to make football-playing a felony.
This time a man came to the rescue. He was an important man–a man people listened to. That man summoned college officials to discuss plans to save football. His plea was strong and vigor­ous. He con­vinced the nation that college football was a game worth playing, worth improving and worth saving. Under his sponsorship, there was organized what is today the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Rules were made to eliminate rough playing that might cause unnecessary injuries and death on the gridiron.
From that day, college football became greater in popularity than ever before. Colleges which never had tried the game now organized teams to carry their colors into gridiron battle.
Football's preeminence today can be traced to that one man who helped save the game. This man had never played football himself. But he was a fighting two-fisted man who will always be remembered, not only by the sports world, but American history as well. This man who helped save college football was the 25th President of the United States–Teddy Roosevelt.



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