Coach Stagg's teams won all but two games that they played from
1905 through 1909 and
over the years won the championship of the Big Ten Conference seven times.
Stagg was only
one of many celebrities spawned by the increasing popularity of football. Other leading
players and coaches shown in this collection include Walter Eckersall of the University of
Chicago (SDN-000362), coach Fielding Yost (SDN-000012) and players Willie Heston and Benny
Friedman of the University of Michigan (SDN-004371, SDN-001016), Fritz Pollard (shown with the Lane
Tech High School team, SDN-009043), coach Glenn
"Pop" Warner (SDN-006129) and player Jim Thorpe of Carlisle
Indian School and later fame in the Olympic Games (SDN-053614), Knute Rockne of the University of Notre Dame
and Bronko Nagurski (SDN-068904, SDN-0069573) of the University of Minnesota.