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Mort Kaer


Morton Armour Kaer

Inducted 1972

Date of Birth



Omaha, NE


University of Southern California (1924-1926)


Morton Kaer was a world-famous athlete. At the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, he placed third in the pentathlon, a track event that covered five competitions - the 200 meters, 1500 meters, discus, javelin, and long jump. Then came three great years as a halfback for Southern California 1924-1926. In 1925, he set a school record by scoring 19 touchdowns. The record lasted 43 years. In Kaer's three years he had 36 touchdowns, and that was a career record for the school. Morton had a catchy nickname - "Devil May" Kaer, a nickname given him by Braven Dyer, Los Angeles sports writer. His best game was against California in 1925; he ran for touchdowns of 48, 36, and 10 yards. The next season he as named a consensus All-America. Five years after his college career, Kaer played one year of pro football, 1931, with the Frankford Yellow Jackets. He became coach at Weed, California, High School. His record was 187-47-7 and in 28 years his teams won 17 conference championships.


Height 5'11

Weight 167

Career Highlights

  • 1926 Consensus All-America
  • 1925 Second Team All-America
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