Emlen Tunnell: Pioneer and One Tough SOB

March 9, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In the hectic world that is the National Football league, we spend more time looking forward than we do back. But with the NFL Draft still about seven weeks away, I thought it might be time to take a break, look back, and appreciate a true giant among men, Emlen Tunnell .
As a long-time Giants fan who greatly appreciates the history of the organization, I was relatively familiar with Emlen Tunnell. I knew he was a talented safety for the team in late 40s through the late 50s and I knew he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. I also knew he went on to become a scout and ultimately an assistant coach for Big Blue, but what I didn’t know would be unearthed while simply searching through some statistics.
Born on March 29th, 1925, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Tunnell was one of four children. It wasn’t until he began attending high school at Radnor Township that his parents, Elzie and Catherine, realized he had a gift.
Tunnell became an all-spor...

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