American football playerDied when: 53 years 193 days (642 months)
Star Sign: Leo
George Everett Strupper Jr. (July 26, 1896 – February 4, 1950), known variously as "Ev" or "Strup" or "Stroop" was an American football player.
He played halfback for Georgia Tech from 1915 to 1917.Strupper overcame deafness resulting from a childhood illness and was selected as an All-American in 1917.
During Strupper's three years playing for Georgia Tech, the team compiled a record of 24–0–2 and outscored its opponents by a combined score of 1,135 to 61.
In Georgia Tech's record-setting 222–0 win over Cumberland College in 1916, Strupper scored eight touchdowns.For many years, 1917 Georgia Tech was considered the greatest football team the South ever produced.
Strupper starred as part of a renowned backfield including also Joe Guyon, Judy Harlan, and Al Hill.Strupper and teammate Walker Carpenter were the first players from the Deep South selected for an All-America first team.
Sportswriter Morgan Blake called Strupper "probably the greatest running half-back the South has known." Bernie McCarty writes "Strupper ranks among the greatest broken-field gallopers in Southern football history.
And he caught and threw passes, returned kicks, blocked well, punted and played a bang-up defensive game." He was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.