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Sport(s)  Football
1906–1907  Marietta
1920  Texas Mines
Name  Harry Surdam
Education  Wesleyan University
1902–1905  Wesleyan
1908  Sewanee
Overall  22–8–3
Role  American football player
Positions  Quarterback
Harry Van Surdam
Born  August 28, 1881 Hoosick Falls, New York (1881-08-28)
Died  May 28, 1982, Hoosick Falls, New York, United States

Henderson E. "Harry" "Dutch" Van Surdam (September 28, 1881 – May 28, 1982) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Wesleyan University from 1902 to 1905. Surdam then served as the head football coach at Marietta College in 1906 and 1907, at Sewanee: The University of the South in 1908, and at The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, now the University of Texas at El Paso, in 1920, compiling a career record of 22–8–3. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1972.

Van Surdam said of Chigger Browne, quarterback for his 1908 Sewanee Tigers, he "was the greatest quarterback that I have ever seen in my 50 years of being connected with football as a coach and official . . . he was fast as lightning and wasn't afraid of anything. Chigger was so small that we had to keep him taped up to prevent him from getting broken up . . . We had only 18 men on the squad. If we wanted to scrimmage we had to bend the line around."

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Harry Van Surdam Wikipedia


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