Ernie Nevers Enshrinement speech

Ernie Nevers Enshrinement Speech 1963

Presenter: Elmer Layden

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to say a few words about Ernie Nevers. He is Americas all-time one-man team. Few clubs have scored as many points in one game against the Bears, and why they pick on George I don't know, as Ernie Nevers did alone, forty points. At Stanford coach Pop Warner compared him favorably to Jim Thorpe and described Ernie Nevers as the football player without a fault. Ernie Nevers was all things to all football. He did his team's passing, punting, place kicking and almost all the ball carrying. He returned punts and kickoffs, he called signals, and was the captain and in time the coach. His Duluth Eskimos played twenty-nine games in one season and he missed only twenty-seven minutes, a difficult record for a mere spectator to attach. Ernie Nevers is now a public relations consultant and lives in Tiberan, California. A great player, a great man, and fine friend, Ernie Nevers.

Ernie Nevers

Thank you, Elmer, Bob, ladies and gentlemen. This is indeed a great honor and a great privilege to be here in Canton today. It's even a greater honor to have been included among such a great array of fine football players and great competitors. I played against many of these boys and played with some of them. I would have much rather played with Nagurski, it would have been much easier. And incidentally, Elmer, the best passing combination in colligate football is still Nevers to Layden. I have had many great thrills in football and in sports and in the celebrations after. Today as the automobiles took us down main street and I saw those great numbers of people I know now why Canton should have this great Hall of Fame - Thank you very much.