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Bernstein, Henry

Henry E. Bernstein

Bernstein's ambition from the age of eight was to play in the Army-Navy football game. He said his best game was the last one of his collegiate career, a 10-3 loss to Army.

After his playing days had ended, Bernstein turned to coaching, as an assistant at the Naval Academy. He ended his career in the Navy as a captain specializing in electronics. Henry said the greatest lesson he learned from football was that "only a team effort can win."

Birth and Death Dates:
b. December 4, 1904 - d. July 1982

Career Highlights:
Bernstein played at Navy in the 1920s and was a starting guard on the school's first-ever bowl team. In 1923, the Midshipmen had a regular season record of 5-1-2 and outscored their opponents 154-48; they tied Army 0-0. In the Rose Bowl, they faced Washington and the game ended in a 14-14 tie. One of Henry's teammates at Navy was starting guard Sol Levensky. In 1924, the Midshipmen finished the year with a record of 2-6-0. The following season, Bernstein's last, Navy returned to form and compiled a record of 5-2-1.

Jacksonville, Florida

Career Dates:
Bernstein played tackle for Navy from 1922-1925.

Physical description:
5'9", 190 pounds

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