|Born:||November 10, 1910
New York, New York
|Died:||November 19, 1981
|Position(s)||Running Back, Wide Receiver|
|College||Michigan State University|
|1933–35||Ottawa Rough Riders|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937|
|Awards||1935 Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy|
Abe Eliowitz (November 10, 1910, New York, New York – November 19, 1981, Livonia, Michigan) was a star football player in American college football and in the days before the Canadian Football League. He also played college baseball.
Early life and education
Eliowitz attended Michigan State University from 1930 to 1932. In 1931, Eliowitz was named an All America all-star honorable mention, and received the first MVP (Governor of Michigan) award ever given by Michigan State, and the Spartans finished with a record of 5-3-1.
In 1932, Abe was co-captain and was named Grantland Rice All America honorable mention as MSU had its best season during his career, compiling a record of 7-1-0. An all-around athlete, Eliowitz played on the baseball team and is sixth all-time in school history in triples in a season with six (1931), and triples in a career with 10.
Eliowitz always attracted attention, as both a college and professional player, with his highly skilled left-handed passing and punting.
After graduating, Eliowitz went to Canada to play football. He played five seasons (1933 to 1937), three with the Ottawa Rough Riders and two with the Montreal Indians. He was an all-star five times as a running back and as a flying wing. In 1935, he led the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union with 62 points and was the winner of the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy for fair play and sportsmanship. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
He was married to Gertrude Lipman on July 26, 1933, in Detroit and later to Ida Sara Lachman on February 14, 1945, in Detroit.
- Abe Eliowitz, Triple Threat Star, to play for Montreal this fall, by Marc T. McNeil Montreal Gazette, May 27, 1936. p.13
- Mail brings back memories of great Abe Eliowitz Ottawa Citizen, December 10, 1981