Paul Scull

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Paul Scull
Paul Scull.jpg
Paul Scull, 1928–1929, varsity basketball player
Penn Quakers
PositionHalfback, Punter
Career history
CollegePenn (1926–1928)
Personal information
Born:September 4, 1907
Merchantville, New Jersey
Died:December 11, 1997(1997-12-11) (aged 90)
Charlotte, North Carolina[1]
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus first-team All-American, 1928

Paul Thomas "Butterball" Scull, Sr. (September 4, 1907 – December 11, 1997) was an American football player. Considered a triple-threat man while playing for Penn from 1926 to 1928, he was a consensus first-team All-American halfback in 1928.

Early years[edit]

Born in New Jersey, Scull moved with his family to Lower Merion, Pennsylvania as a boy.[2] He played high school football at Lower Merion High School from 1922 to 1924, helping lead the team to a 26-0-1 record during his three years as a player.[3]


Newspaper cartoon of Scull, November 1928

Scull played at the halfback and punter positions for the University of Pennsylvania from 1926 to 1928. In November 1927, he was elected to serve as the captain of Penn's 1928 football team.[4] He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1928.[5][6] He holds Penn's all-time record with 312 all-purpose yards in a game.[6]

Later years[edit]

Scull was one of 11 All-American football players to appear in the 1930 film "Maybe It's Love".[7]

He became a physical education instructor at Penn after graduating.[8] In 1964, he was selected as a second-team halfback on the All-Time Philadelphia All Scholastic Team.[3] He was inducted into the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.[3] In his later years, Scull lived in North Carolina. He was employed for 36 years in the personnel department of Hercules Inc.[9] He died in 1997 at Charlotte, North Carolina.[1]


  1. ^ a b Death record for Paul Thomas Scull, Sr., born September 4, 1907, in New Jersey, died December 11, 1997, at Charlotte, North Carolina. North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004 [database on-line].
  2. ^ Census entry for Joseph Scull and family. Paul Scull is listed as his son, age 2, born in New Jersey. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1378; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0092; Image: 86; FHL Number: 1375391.
  3. ^ a b c "Lower Merion High School Football Hall of Fame inducting new class Oct. 23". Main Line Media News. October 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "Paul Scull Elected Penn Grid Captain". The Bridgeport Telegram. November 25, 1927.
  5. ^ "Paul Scull Will End College Career Thurs.: One of Best Backs Penn Has Produced in Years, Great Punter". The Delmarvia Star. November 25, 1928.
  6. ^ a b "Paul Scull". University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on April 30, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "Maybe It's Love". American Film Institute.
  8. ^ "Paul Scull To Marry: Former Football Star to Wed Margaret Smith of Bala, Pa" (PDF). The New York Times. February 24, 1934.
  9. ^ "Obituaries". University of Pennsylvania Gazette. March 1999.