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Cornsweet, Al

Albert Charles Cornsweet

Cornsweet was a member of the famed 1926 Brown team nicknamed the "Iron Men," by playing all 60-minutes in their major games. In 1928, he captained the football, wrestling, and lacrosse teams, and was the school's first All-America in lacrosse in 1929. The following year, he returned as a Rhodes Scholar to play against Brown with a team from Oxford-Cambridge that posted a 12-2-1 record on a tour of the U.S. His brother was Harry Cornsweet.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. July 16, 1906 - d. October 16, 1991

Career Highlights:
A terrific all-around athlete, Cornsweet was named New York Times All-America honorable mention in 1926. That year, Brown defeated Yale and Dartmouth in successive weeks without making a single substitution. Two weeks later, the eleven starters (including Cornsweet, Lou Farber, and Dave Mishel) played the first 57 minutes in a win over Harvard. They won their first nine games before tying Colgate in the final 10-10; all 11 Brown starters played the entire game again. As far as research can tell, the Brown team was the first to which the term "Iron Men" was applied. In 1928, Cornsweet was named AP, and Grantland Rice All-America honorable mention.

After graduating in 1929 and spending two years at Oxford, Al was a player/co-coach of the NFL's Cleveland Indians in 1931. He played in four games and the Indians had a record of 2-8-0, eighth in the league. One of the players on the Indians was Cornsweet's former "Iron Man" teammate Dave Mishel.

Cleveland, Ohio

Career Dates:
Cornsweet played fullback at Brown University from 1926-1928. He then played fullback in the NFL with the Cleveland Indians in 1931.

Physical description:
5'7", 180 pounds

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