Shorty Miller

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Gene "Shorty" Miller
Miller during his career at Penn State
Penn State Nittany Lions
Position Quarterback
Career history
College Penn State (1910–1913)
Personal information
Born: November 15, 1890
Died: September 20, 1966(1966-09-20) (aged 75)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
College Football Hall of Fame (1974)

Gene "Shorty" Miller (November 15, 1890 – September 20, 1966) was an American football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

Miller played quarterback at Penn State from 1910–1913, missing only one game during his tenure and amassing a 23-8-2 record.[1] His short stature (5' 5") and stubby legs earned him the nickname "The Meteoric Midget."[1] Miller would go on to start all four seasons at Penn State, missing just one game. In 1913, he rushed for 250 yards against Carnegie Tech University — a Penn State single-game rushing record that lasted 68 years.

Miller was the last true freshman to start at quarterback and open a season for Penn State at that position, until Robert Bolden was selected by coach Joe Paterno to open the Nittany Lions 2010 season.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Shorty "The Meteroric Midget" Miller". National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Freshman QB Bolden getting extremely rare opportunity". Pittsburgh tribune Review. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2010-09-03.