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Brud Holland


Jerome Heartwell Holland

Inducted 1965

Date of Birth



Auburn, NY


Cornell University (1936-1938)


Growing up in Auburn, New York, Jerome Holland's 12 brothers and sisters called him "Brud". Holland once said, " I was born with slightly deformed legs. My grandmother, Julia Bagby, massaged my legs daily, and they became normal." Holland worked his way through Cornell as a dishwasher and furnace-tender. He was a straight-A student and two-time All-America end. In 1937, he scored twice on Colgate on end-around plays and once on a pass reception. In 1938, he went 57 yards on an end-around, again against Colgate. He graduated with highest honors in 1939, obtained a master's degree at Cornell in 1941 and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. His titles in later life included: president of Hampton Institute, president of Delaware State, U.S. ambassador to Sweden 1970-72, chairman American Red Cross, chairman Salvation Army, chairman Planned Parenthood, the first African American director of the New York Stock Exchange. Also: 1971, Distinguished American Award, National Football Foundation; 1972, Theodore Roosevelt Award, NCAA; 1985, Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian award). The Associated Press in 1938 said of Holland the football star: "He wrecked interference, blocked and tackled, snagged passes and carried the ball."


Height 6'0

Weight 205

Career Highlights

  • 1938 Consensus All-America
  • 1937 First Team All-America
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