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1, What was Alan Ameche's real name?
1, Lino Dante Ameche (he changed it when was 16 years old because he wanted to be more " American.")
2, What was notable about Ameche's boxing career?
2, He won the Kenosha Golden Gloves heavyweight championship by default. Apparently his potential opponent saw Ameche knock out his sparring partner in practice and never showed up for their scheduled bout.
3, What is the Ameche family's unique relationship with the Heisman Trophy?
3, Ameche won the award in 1954. His widow Yvonne married 1946 Heisman winner Glenn Davis years after his death in 1988. The Ameches' daughter Catherine married Michael Cappelletti, the brother of 1975 Heisman winner John Cappelletti. Ameche was the University of Wisconsin's only Heisman winner until Ron Dayne won the award in 1999. Ameche remains Wisconsin's only native-born Heisman winner.
4, How did Ameche get his nickname, "The Horse?"
4, Wisconsin freshman coach George Lanphear is generally credited with dubbing Ameche "The Horse." It is unclear whether Lanphear was referring to Ameche's high-stepping running style or his work ethic (works like a horse).
5, How is Ameche related to famous movie star Don Ameche?
5, Apparently, Ameche's father and Don Ameche's father, both from Kenosha, were first cousins. Alan and Don never spoke until Don called him at the behest of Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy to persuade Ameche to play for the Irish. Obviously, Alan turned down Notre Dame.
6, What iconic Wisconsin leader of industry went overboard in recruiting Ameche to Notre Dame?
6, Miller Brewing magnate Fred Miller, a former Notre Dame All-American, offered Ameche $1,500 to sign with Notre Dame, according to a witness. Ameche was reportedly incensed by Miller's illegal offer. Miller backed off his pursuit of Ameche when Wisconsin fans threatened to boycott Miller Beer.
7, What was Ameche's second best sport in high school?
7, Ameche was the Wisconsin high school shot put champion in his junior year and also was a top-notch sprinter, with a career best clocking of 10.2 in the 100-yard dash in his junior year.
8, Why did Ameche's production wane after his NFL Rookie of the year season in 1955?
8, Ameche was the NFL's Rookie of the Year in 1955, rushing for 961 yards in 213 carries. The following year, the Colts acquired Johnny Unitas, arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, and the Colts transformed their offense from primarily a running scheme to a passing set-up.
9, What ended Ameche's career in 1960?
9, Ameche suffered a torn Achilles' Heel, attempting to block Hall of Famer Alex Karras in the Colts' third from last game of the 1960 season. Ameche chose not to return in 1961 due to his strained relationship with his coach Weeb Ewbank.
10, Why was the 1958 NFL Championship Game dubbed "the greatest game ever played?"
10, Primarily because it was the first overtime game in NFL history. It's dramatic nature _ Ameche scored the game-winning sudden death touchdown on a 1-yard plunge _ contributed to the drama. It is estimated that an audience of 45 million viewers watched the game on television, launching the golden age of NFL popularity.