As a lineman for USC, Adelman caught a pass in a 34-14 losing effort against Alabama in the 1946 Rose Bowl, the first time in nine appearances that the Trojans lost in the tournament. As a result of a ground-breaking agreement later that year, the Rose Bowl became the championship game between the Pac 10 and Big 10 conferences. Until 2003, when Oklahoma from the Big 12 played in the game, the 1946 contest was the last Rose Bowl to feature a team that did not come from the Pac 10 or Big 10.
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A two-sport star at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles (football and track), Adelman helped lead Roosevelt to the city championship game in 1938 with a 13-12 victory over Fremont High School (led by all-city fullback Mel Bleeker) in the city semifinals. In the championship contest, Adelman and Roosevelt played Los Angeles High School (and Herb Wiener). The game ended in a 6-6 tie and instead of haggling over which team should be declared the champion, the title of co-champion was awarded to both schools. The following year, Adelman was named all-city second team as an end.
Adelman began his career at USC in 1941 and that season, the Trojans had a record of 2-6-1. The following year, the team improved to 5-5-1. Adelman then served two years in the army during World War II before returning to USC. In 1945, Adelman captained the USC team and led the Trojans with 12 receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns. In the final week of the regular season, Adelman was named AP lineman of the week following a blowout victory over Oregon in which he forced a safety and scored a touchdown.
The Trojans finished the regular season 7-3-0 and ranked No. 11 in the AP poll before losing to Alabama in the Rose Bowl. In 1946, Adelman was selected by the Washington Redskins in the 13th round of the NFL Draft, but he did not play in the NFL.
Los Angeles, California
Adelman played guard and end at the University of Southern California from 1941-1942 and in 1945.
6'0", 188 pounds
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