Lee Grosscup

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Lee Grosscup
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Personal information
Born: (1936-12-27) December 27, 1936 (age 81)
Santa Monica, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Santa Monica
(Santa Monica, California)
Santa Monica College
Washington (1955)
NFL Draft:1959 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Clyde Lee Edward Grosscup (born December 27, 1936) is a former American football player and broadcaster.

Collegiate career[edit]

Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Grosscup was a quarterback for the University of Washington in Seattle in 1955. He and three former high school teammates left the school shortly after their freshman season; deciding to sit out a year instead of continuing to play for the "tyrannical" John Cherberg in Seattle.[1] He attended Santa Monica College,[2] then transferred to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1957, leading a passing offense under head coach Jack Curtice that was advanced for its time.[3] Monday Night Football broadcaster Al Michaels credits Grosscup for developing the shovel pass or "Utah pass," although Grosscup acknowledges that the play was used decades earlier in the 1920s.[4]

Grosscup finished his junior season in 1957 completing 94 of 137 passes (68.6%) for 1,398 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named a first-team All-American by Look, the Newspaper Enterprise Association, the Williamson National Football Rating, and Today and finished tenth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy, won by John David Crow of Texas A&M.[5]

A shoulder injury hampered his senior season under first-year head coach Ray Nagel in 1958, but Grosscup was selected to play in the Senior Bowl in early 1959.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Selected by the New York Giants with the tenth overall pick in the 1959 NFL Draft, Grosscup appeared in eight games in his three seasons with the Giants.[7] The Giants were the Eastern champions in 1959 and 1961, but fell in both title games on the road. In August 1962, his contract was purchased by the second-year Minnesota Vikings,[8] but he was cut before the beginning of the season. This allowed Grosscup to return to New York in September, this time with the New York Titans of the American Football League,[9] in its third season. He began the season as the starter, but missed six weeks with a knee injury. Grosscup was cut on the final day of the 1963 preseason and signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League three days later.[10] That same year, Grosscup released his first book, entitled Fourth and One.[11]

After failing to make the San Francisco 49ers, Grossup spent the 1964 season on the Oakland Raiders' taxi squad.[11] He was cut by the Raiders the following season and signed with the Hartford Charter Oaks of the newly formed Continental Football League.[12]

Broadcasting career[edit]

After the 1966 season, Grosscup began a career in broadcasting. His spent one season calling AFL games for NBC before beginning a twenty-year stint as a college football analyst for ABC.

Grosscup was also a broadcaster in the USFL, first as a radio analyst for the Oakland Invaders, then as a television analyst on ABC from 1984–1985.

For fifteen seasons (19892003), Grosscup was the radio analyst for University of California broadcasts. He was let go in 2004 in favor of former Cal quarterback Mike Pawlawski, despite Grosscup's willingness to continue until 2007.[13] Since 2004 he has hosted "Post-Game at the Paragon!", a postgame radio show that is broadcast live from the Claremont Resort's Paragon Bar & Cafe after Cal football games.[14]

Grosscup was the radio analyst for the Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL during the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

Grosscup is a current voter in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "4 frosh players desert Huskies". Lodi News Sentinel. (California). United Press. January 23, 1956. p. 8.
  2. ^ "Ex-Husky frosh enrolls at Utah". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 2, 1957. p. 18.
  3. ^ Maule, Tex (October 28, 1957). "Cactus Jack and his Kokomos". Sports Illustrated. p. 36.
  4. ^ http://www.utefans.net/home/ancient_ute/utahpass.html
  5. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/utah/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/09-footbl-mg-184-189.pdf
  6. ^ "Aerial aces to vie in Senior Bowl". Spartanburg Herald. (South Carolina). Associated Press. January 3, 1959. p. 7.
  7. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GrosLe00.htm
  8. ^ "Vikings buy Lee Grosscup". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 4, 1962. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Titans Grab Lee Grosscup". Schenectady Gazette. (New York). Associated Press. September 8, 1962. p. 18.
  10. ^ "Grosscup signs". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. September 8, 1963. p. 35.
  11. ^ a b "Lee Grosscup plans acting as next field". Pittsburgh Press. December 13, 1964. p. 4, sec. 4.
  12. ^ Frank Keyes (August 26, 1965). "Lee Grosscup to Join Charter Oaks, Former Giant QB Cut by Oakland". The Hartford Courant.
  13. ^ "Grosscup Replaced in Cal Booth, Pawlawsji is Elevated to Color Analyst for the Football Broadcasts". Contra Costa Times. July 9, 2004. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-11-10.

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