Elroy Leon "Crazylegs" Hirsch
Born June 17, 1923
1942 Played football for the Badgers as a triple-threat halfback
1943 Entered the Marines and, as he was stationed in Ann Arbor, transferred to the University of Michigan.
        Became the only Wolverine to letter in four sports in the same year (basketball, track, baseball, football).
1945 Tried out with the Chicago Cubs
        Drafted in the first round by the Chicago (All-America Football Conference)
        and the Los Angeles Rams (NFL).
19461948 Professional football for the Chicago Rockets.
1947 Married his high school sweetheart Ruth by her father, a Methodist minister.
19491957 Professional football for the Los Angeles Rams
1953 Stared in movie "Crazylegs" An autobiographical picture in which Hirsch starred as himself.
1955 Stared in movie "Unchained" Played the lead role of Steve Davitt.
1957 Stared in movie "Zero Hour!" As Capt. Bill Wilson. ("Airplane!" was a parody of this movie)
1961 Appeared in an episode " Murder at the Convention" of TV series " Michael Shayne " as Vic Regan.
1965 Appeared in an episode "Herman the Rookie" of TV series "The Munsters" as himself.
1968 Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
1969 1987 University of Wisconsin Athletics Director
1974 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Died January 28, 2004
  • Crazlegs Lane named in his honor (Between Regent & Monroe streets in front of the UW Field House)
  • 1981 Current - Crazylegs Run, a fundraiser for the athletics department.
        2008 had over 17,000 runners/walkers.
  • Hirsch wore jersey No. 40 for the Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan Wolverines and the Los Angeles Rams.
  • Because of a mandatory numbering system for receivers, he wore No. 80 (the double of 40) with Chicago. Because he was superstitious, he had the No. 40 sewn on the inside of his Rockets jersey.
  • Nickname was given to him by Chicago Daily News sportswriter Francis Powers. Covering the Badgers' 13-7 victory over Great Lakes Naval Station Oct. 17, 1942, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Powers wrote: "Hirsch ran like a demented duck. His crazy legs were gyrating in six different directions all at the same time during a 61-yard touchdown run that cemented the win."