- Paul Governali
January 5, 1921
Bronx, New York, United States
February 14 1978
San Diego, California, United States
DraftedRound=1 / Pick 4 (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Boston Yanks New York Giants
Paul Vincent "Pitchin' Paul" Governali (
January 5, 1921- February 14 1978) was a professional American football quarterbackin the NFL. An All-American at Columbia University, he was the 1942 recipient of the Maxwell Awardfor College Player of the Year and the first runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. At quarterback, he passed for 1442 yards in nine games that season, threw 19 passes for touchdowns, and completed 52 percent of his passes, all new collegiate records. He was also among the leading punters in the nation. He still holds the Columbia record for touchdown passes in one game (five).
After graduating in 1943, he passed up offers from both professional baseball and football teams to
enlistin the US Marines, where he served for three years.
He went on to play for the
National Football League's Boston Yanksand New York Giants(1946-1948).
After a lackluster 1948 season, Governali retired from pro football and returned to Columbia, where he worked as an assistant coach while pursuing his
doctoratein education, which he received in 1951.
He returned to coaching football at
San Diego Statefor five years from 1956 to 1960. The Aztecs had a lackluster record during those years and Governali was succeeded by Don Coryell, who led them to their best years.
Governali was inducted into the
College Football Hall of Famein 1986.
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