Biff Hoffman

Biff Hoffman
Biff Hoffman
Date of birth: 1904
Date of death: January 29, 1954
Place of death: San Francisco, California
Career information
Position(s): FB
College: Stanford
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1928 Rose Bowl MVP

Clifford Ellsworth "Biff" Hoffman (1904 - January 29, 1954) was an American football player.


Early life

Hoffman attended Petaluma High School in Petaluma, California, and then went on to attend Stanford University.[1]

Track and field

At Stanford, Hoffman was on the track and field team where he threw the discus. He set an NCAA discus record in 1925 with a throw of 148 feet 4 inches (45.21 m), helping Stanford win the 1925 NCAA Men's Track and Field Championships.[2]

Stanford football

Hoffman was also a fullback on Stanford's football team under legendary coach Pop Warner. The 1926 Stanford football team went undefeated in the regular season, outscoring its opponents 268–73,[3] and then faced also-undefeated Alabama in the 1927 Rose Bowl. The teams played to a 7–7 tie and were named co-national champions by most media.[4] In 1927, Hoffman was named team captain and helped lead the team to the 1928 Rose Bowl, facing the Pitt Panthers. Behind 6–0 in the third quarter, Hoffman caught a screen pass and raced toward the end zone, but fumbled short of the goal line; another Stanford player, Frankie Wilton, picked up the fumble and ran the ball in for the touchdown. Hoffman then kicked the extra point and the score held, giving Stanford a 7–6 victory, its first Rose Bowl win in four attempts.[3] Hoffman was retroactively named the game's most outstanding player when the award was created in 1954.[5]

After football

In 1930, Hoffman married fellow Stanford graduate Claire Giannini, daughter of Bank of America founder Amadeo Giannini.[6][7] Hoffman worked as an investment banker in San Francisco, and died in 1954 of complications related to an ulcer in his esophagus.[8][9]


  1. ^ Spalding, John E.. "San Francisco vs. East Bay High School All-Star Football, 1932 to 1938". California Interscholastic Federation San Francisco. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hubbard smashes broad jump record". New York Times. June 13, 1925. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 71–76. ISBN 1571671161.,M1. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book. Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009-08. pp. 76–81. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rose Bowl MVPs". Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ Cattani, Dana Haight; Angela B. Haight (2009). A. P. Giannini: The Man with the Midas Touch. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4389-5493-6. 
  7. ^ "C. E. Hoffman Weds Claire Giannini". New York Times. May 25, 1930. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Clifford Hoffman dies". New York Times. January 30, 1954. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Biff Hoffman dies". Spokane Daily Chronicle. January 29, 1954. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 

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