Urban Odson

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Urban Odson
Born:(1918-11-17)November 17, 1918
Clark, South Dakota
Died:June 22, 1986(1986-06-22) (aged 67)
Rapid City, South Dakota
Career information
NFL draft1942 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
As player
1946–1949Green Bay Packers
Career highlights and awards
Awardsconsensus first team All American 1940, second team All American 1941, All Big Ten first team 1940
HonorsMember of South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, Member of the University of Minnesota "M" Club Athletic Hall of Fame

Urban Leroy Odson (November 17, 1918 – June 22, 1986) was an American football tackle in the National Football League who played 44 games for the Green Bay Packers (1946–1949). In 1942, the Green Bay Packers used the 9th pick in the 1st round of the 1942 NFL Draft to sign Odson out of the University of Minnesota. Odson, a consensus All-American, starred on two undefeated NCAA National Championship teams for the Golden Gophers (1940 and 1941). Odson was selected to play in the 1942 College All-Star game on August 28, 1942 in front of 101,103 spectators against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago. Odson also was selected to play in the East-West Shrine All Star game. Odson entered the Navy and played for the legendary World War II Great Lakes football teams that played exhibition games against pro teams. Ensign Odson is listed on the Football and America: World War II Honor Roll at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. After serving a tour in the Pacific theater aboard USS Amsterdam, Odson went on to play under Curly Lambeau for four seasons with the Packers and left the Packers after the 1949 season. After brief stops with Chicago and Baltimore in 1950 he joined the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for one season.


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