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Levine, Abe

Levine, a three-year letterwinner at the University of Colorado in the 1930s, was named to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency's Jewish All-America team in 1937.

Birth and Death Dates:

Career Highlights:
Born in Brooklyn, Levine played three seasons at tackle for the Colorado Buffaloes. After a 4-3 record during his sophomore season, Levine and Buffs were outstanding in 1937. Led by the famed Byron "Whizzer" White (future Supreme Court justice), Colorado won all eight of its regular season games of the season, outscoring its opponents by a total of 248-26. Levine, a starting tackle, was considered the 'bulwark' of Colorado's offensive line, and was named to first team Jewish All-America as Colorado captured the Rocky Mountain Conference championship.

At the end of their perfect regular season, Colorado was invited to play in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day, 1938. It was the school's first-ever bowl appearance and they played Rice University. A heavy underdog, Colorado relied on Whizzer White, who helped the Buffs jump out to a 14-0 lead. Unfortunately, Rice quickly mounted a counter-attack and emerged victorious with a 28-14 Cotton Bowl victory. Despite the loss, Colorado was praised in the newspaper for their valiant effort and finished the season with a record of 8-1-0 and ranked No. 17 in the AP poll.

Levine played one more season for Colorado, which moved to the Mountain States Conference in 1938. They finished with an overall record of 3-4-1, although they were 3-2-1 in conference and finished in second place.

Brooklyn, New York

Career Dates:
Levine played tackle at Colorado, 1936-1938.

Physical description:
5'11", 210 pounds

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YMHA Bulletin, November 26, 1937

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