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Today's Tidbit... Jackie Robinson, Football Star
Jackie Robinson is best known as a baseball pioneer but first came to national attention as a halfback at UCLA where he lettered in football, basketball, track, and baseball. During the 1939 season, Robinson averaged 12.2 yards per carry (in 42 attempts), which remains the NCAA record today. He also led the NCAA in punt return average in 1939 and 1940. Conversely, during his only season playing baseball for the Bruins, he batted .097.
Oh, what might have been if he had directed his talents toward his best sport!
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