American football player, track and field athleteDied when: 48 years 272 days (584 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio
John Riegel DeWitt (October 29, 1881 – July 28, 1930) was an American athlete, including a legendary college football player.As a track and field athlete, DeWitt competed mainly in the hammer throw.
He competed for the United States in the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St.Louis in the hammer throw where he won the silver medal.
He was also a prominent guard and kicker for the Princeton Tigers football team.In an attempt to name retroactive Heisman Trophy winners, Dewitt was awarded it for 1903.
Walter Camp placed him on an all-time All-America team.One writer calls him Princeton's greatest football player.He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.