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Hirshberg, Edward

Edward J. Hirshberg

While playing as an end at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Hirshberg was called "a true intellectual" by the Dartmouth coach. Later, as a coach, Hirshberg said, "In a sense I'm trying to overcome intellectualism. I'm trying to make my players realize they need something more in life than their intellects. Youth today has so much classroom ability, so much mental capacity, and yet often no confidence. I believe that football gives these boys the courage and confidence that enable them to direct themselves."

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Career Highlights:
Hirshberg played end at the University of Pittsburgh under the legendary coach Jock Sutherland. In 1929, Hirshberg helped the Panthers reach the Rose Bowl after finishing the regular season with a record of 9-0-0. In the game, Pitt lost to USC, 47-14; it was the most points anyone had scored on Pitt since 1903. In the game, Trojan end Henry Edelson caught touchdown passes of 55 and 39 yeards to lead USC to victory.

In 1930, Pitt had a record of 6-3-0 and the following year, Hirshberg was the captain of the Pitt team that was 8-1-0 and outscored its opponents 287-37. Pitt shut out six opponents with their only loss coming at the hands of the defending national champion Notre Dame (led by All-America halfback Marchy Schwartz), 25-12.


Career Dates:
Hirshberg played end at the University of Pittsburgh from 1929-1931.

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