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John McGovern (September 15, 1887 – December 13, 1963) was an American college football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.[1]

John McGovern
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Career history
Personal information
Born:September 15, 1887
Arlington, Minnesota
Died:December 13, 1963(1963-12-13) (aged 76)
Le Sueur, Minnesota
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg)
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame (1966)


McGovern was born in Arlington, Minnesota and attended high school in Arlington. McGovern played college football for the University of Minnesota, and was the junior captain and quarterback at the University of Minnesota. He led his team to the Big Nine conference (later the Big Ten Conference). McGovern was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Look Magazine in 1909.[2] McGovern played for the Minnesota Golden Golphers football team under coach Henry L. Williams.

After college graduation, he worked as a sports editor for a Minnesota newspaper and then practiced law in Washington D.C.[2] MvGovern died on December 13, 1963 in Le Sueur, Minnesota.

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In LiteratureEdit

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise, John McGovern was on the mind of protagonist Amory Blaine.


  1. ^ "College Hall of Fame". University of Minnesota. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "John McGovern". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved October 16, 2012.

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