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Patt, "Babe"

Maurice Howard Patt

Patt played college ball for Carnegie Tech and later played five seasons in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Rams. Babe developed a friendship with Jewish legend Hank Greenberg when both were in Detroit to be screen-tested for the role of Tarzan in Hollywood.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. January 31, 1915 - d. April 2, 1961

Career Highlights:
Patt played three seasons at Carnegie Tech from 1934-1936; the school had a combined record of 8-16-1 during his career. After graduating in 1937, Patt was selected in the fifth round (47th overall) by the Detroit Lions in the NFL Draft. He then played five seasons in the NFL for the Lions and the Cleveland Rams. In 1938, the Lions finished in second place (behind the Green Bay Packers) in the NFL West with a record of 7-4-0.

Patt moved to the Rams the following season and caught 15 passes for a career-high 165 yards as the Rams finished in fourth place with a record of 5-5-1. In 1941, Babe had his best statistical season in the NFL, playing in all 11 regular season games for the Rams (who ended the year 2-9-0, fifth in the NFL West) and had a career-high 17 receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown. Patt retired following the 1942 season, having appeared in 48 career NFL games Patt was named to the 1936 Grantland Rice/"Pop" Warner All-American Team while at Carnegie Tech and was inducted into the Blair County (Pennsylvania) Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Career Dates:
Patt played end at Carnegie Tech from 1934-1936. He then played offensive and defensive end in the NFL with the Detroit Lions in 1938 and for the Cleveland Rams from 1939-1942.

Physical description:
6'2", 205 pounds

Career Statistics:
In the NFL:
Games: 48

Rushes: 15
Rushing yards: 66
Rushing average: 4.4

Receptions: 41
Receiving yards: 460
Receiving average: 11.2
Receiving touchdowns: 2

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Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, and John Thorn (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999)
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