Cornelius Murphy

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Cornelius Murphy
Fordham Rams
Career history
CollegeFordham (1930)
Personal information
Born:(1909-03-27)March 27, 1909
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Died:December 2, 1931(1931-12-02) (aged 22)
Bronx, New York, New York
Career highlights and awards

Cornelius J. "Connie" Murphy (March 27, 1909 – December 2, 1931) was an American football player. A native of Greenfield, Massachusetts, Murphy was an all-around athlete at Greenfield High School. He attended Deerfield Academy for two years before enrolling at Fordham University. He played at the tackle position for the Fordham Rams football team.[1] As a sophomore, he was selected by the International News Service as a first-team player on the 1930 College Football All-America Team.[2] As a junior, he sustained a head injury in a football game played at the Polo Grounds on November 21, 1931. He died several days later on December 2, 1931, when a blood vessel at the base of his brain re-ruptured.[1][3] There is a bronze bust of him on the Fordham campus.


  1. ^ a b "Fordham Star Dies of Football Injury: Cornelius Murphy, Tackle, Hurt in Bucknell Game Nov. 21, Seemed Near Recovery". The New York Times. December 3, 1931.
  2. ^ James Kilgallen (1930-12-01). "ALL-AMERICAN TEAM SELECTED: Two Notre Dame Men, Carideo and Schwartz, Are Named". Chester Times.
  3. ^ Kristen Meriwether (April 10, 2012). "80 Years Later, Fordham Football Star Not Forgotten". The Epoch Times.