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Glick, Frank

While playing for Princeton, Glick was considered by many to be the greatest defensive halfback of the 1915 season. Against Harvard, Glick was assigned to watch Hall of Famer Eddie Mahan. Mahan said after the game, which Harvard won 10-6, "Frank Glick's defensive work was nothing short of marvelous. He is the football player I respect. He hit me so hard...I would see a clear space and the first thing I knew Glick would come from behind somewhere, or somebody, and would hit me when I least expected it, and he usually hit me good and hard. It seemed sometimes that he came right out of the ground. I tell you after he hit me a few times he was the only man that I was looking for; I did not care much about the rest of the team." Glick also played basketball at Princeton.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. August 22, 1893 - d. August 1979

Career Highlights:
Glick was an excellent high school quarterback who was named All-Western Pennsylvania High School in 1910 and 1911. An old high school teammate got Glick interested in playing at Princeton. He said: "I was told I could work my way through college...I never dreamed I could get into Princeton from a high school. Most boys went to prep school first..." Despite his background, Glick entered Princeton and was on the varsity football team by his sophomore season. In the first game of the 1913 season, Frank played as an end and scored on a 60-yard touchdown run in a 14-3 victory over Rutgers. The Tigers won four games in a row with Glick at halfback before losing to Dartmouth, 6-0. The coaches shifted Glick to quarterback for the final two games of the season, a 3-0 loss to Harvard and a 3-3 tie to Yale. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 5-2-1.

In 1914, Glick was moved back to halfback for most of the season. After winning their first five games, the Tigers tied one and lost one entering the final game with Yale. With Princeton down 19-0, Glick went in as quarterback, leading the Tigers to two quick touchdowns. They ran out of time, however, and fell to Yale, 19-14. That year, they finished with a record of 5-2-1 and Frank was named All-East honorable mention at halfback. In 1915, he was named captain and the Princeton Alumni Quarterly noted: "The election of Frank one of the most popular choices that the campus has had in some time." That year, he was finally allowed to play quarterback the entire season and he led the Tigers to six straight victories entering the always tough Harvard game. Harvard defeated Princeton, 10-6, in a terrific game, but the Princeton team was so tired physically and mentally that they lost their final game to Yale, 13-7 to finish the season with a record of 6-2. Glick was named Walter Camp All-America honorable mention, and All-East halfback.

After graduating in 1916, Glick went into coaching before attaining the rank of captain during World War I. He coached the Princeton backfield in 1919-20, and was appointed head coach at Lehigh the next year, leading them to a 4-4-0 record. During his entire football career, Glick said he never experienced anti-Semitism: "I was always proud of my Orthodox Jewish background and my best friends were deeply religious Christians. Football taught me how to work with people, how to understand them and get the most out of them."

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Career Dates:
Glick played halfback at Princeton University from 1912-1915.

Physical description:
5'9 3/4", 183 pounds

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