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Howie Willis, Class of 1950- Football, Baseball

  • At the age of 17, he was the youngest player for the Golden Griffins and was an immediate force for the team
  • In their 17-14 win over St. Bonaventure, which was in front of 40,000 fans, he single-handedly scored every point and would help lead his team to the Little Three championship
  • Acting as a quarterback, halfback and kicker during his sophomore season, he completed 56.8% of his passes for 411 yards and 9 TDs and leading them to a second consecutive Little Three title and first-ever postseason appearance
  • At the end of his final college season, on Feb. 8, 1950, football was removed from Canisius and would not return to the college until 1975
  • He also played baseball for Canisius from 1949-50
  • 12th member of the men's basketball program inducted in the Hall of Fame


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