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Larry Kelley


Lawrence Morgan Kelley

Inducted 1969

Date of Birth



Conneaut, OH


Yale University (1934-1936)


Larry Kelley was an innovative and creative end for Yale. Allison Danzig of the New York Times called him a "genius who gets the touchdown regardless of the odds." Against Princeton in 1934, Kelley caught a pass, ran 30 yards and was trapped by two defenders at the goal line. He rammed between them and scored for a 7-0 Yale victory. Again against Princeton in 1936, Yale was down 16-0, rallied to win 26-23. Kelley straight-armed a defender and bulled his way to a crucial touchdown. He played six games against Harvard and Princeton, scored a touchdown in each game, and Yale won five of the games. After the 1936 season, he was voted the Heisman Trophy. He was named Most Valuable Player in the East-West Shrine Game. At Yale he was captain of the football and baseball teams, also lettered in basketball and gave the Senior Oration. He attended high school in Williamsport, Pennsylvania then attended Peddie School in New Jersey. After graduating from Yale, he taught math and history at Peddie and Cheshire Schools.


Height 6'2

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1936 Consensus All-America
  • 1936 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 1935 Second Team All-America
  • 1934 First Team All-America
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