John McGovern (American football)

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John McGovern
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Position Quarterback
Class Graduate
Career history
Personal information
Date of birth September 15, 1887
Place of birth Arlington, Minnesota
Date of death December 13, 1963(1963-12-13) (aged 76)
Place of death Le Sueur, Minnesota
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame (1966)

John McGovern (September 15, 1887 – December 13, 1963) was an American college football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.[1]


McGovern was born in Arlington, Minnesota and attended high school in Arlington. McGovern played college football for the University of Minnesota, and was the junior captain and quarterback at the University of Minnesota. He led his team to the Big Nine conference (later the Big Ten Conference). McGovern was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Look Magazine in 1909.[2] McGovern played for the Minnesota Golden Golphers football team under coach Henry L. Williams.

After college graduation, he worked as a sports editor for a Minnesota newspaper and then practiced law in Washington D.C.[3] MvGovern died on December 13, 1963 in Le Sueur, Minnesota.

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In Literature[edit]

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise, John McGovern was on the mind of protagonist Amory Blaine.


  1. ^ "College Hall of Fame". University of Minnesota. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "College Football Hall of Fame". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "College Football Hall of Fame". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 

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