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Paul Governali


Paul Vincent Governali

Inducted 1986

Date of Birth



New York, NY


Columbia University (1940-1942)


A native New Yorker, Paul Governali went right from stardom at Evander Childs High School to stardom at Columbia. A skillful passer and play caller under coach Lou Little, Paul won honors as a consensus All-American and runner up in the 1942 Heisman voting. That year he led the nation in passing. Among his additional honors were as a All-Scholastic at high school player. AP Best All-Around Eastern College Athlete (1942), Maxwell Memorial Award Winner (1942). Paul was also All-Ivy League in baseball at Columbia in 1942 and was selected to the All-Time Columbia baseball team. He served in the Marines from 1943 to 1946, then played football for two years for the Boston Yanks and the New York Giants. From 1949 to 1956 he returned to Columbia to work for his doctorate and to assist coach Little. Prior to his death in 1978, at the age of 57, he was Professor of Physical Education at San Diego State University.


Height 5'11

Weight 186

Career Highlights

  • 1942 Consensus All-America
  • 1942 Heisman - Second
  • 1942 Led nation in passing
  • 1942 Maxwell Award Winner
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