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Directed by Francis D. Lyon
Written by Hall Bartlett
Starring Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch
Lloyd Nolan
Joan Vohs
James Millican
Bob Waterfield
Bob Kelley
James Brown
John Brown
Louise Lorimer
Joseph Crehan
Joel Marston
Bill Brundige
Win Hirsch
Melvyn Arnold
Release date(s) 1953
Running time 87 min
Country USA
Language English

Crazylegs was a 1953 film about Elroy Hirsch's football career. In college (University of Wisconsin and University of Michigan) his unconventional dynamic running style allowed him to change directions in a multitude of ways. The media dubbed him "Crazylegs". The name stuck all through his professional career and life. The bulk of this film is centered on his college days. One of the highlights of the film is when his Michigan team was informed it would play in the Rose Bowl on Jan 1, 1948. At that time, the Rose Bowl chose various teams from non-Western conferences to play their Pacific Coast Conference (Now the Pac-10) Champion. That game was the first of the long relationship pitting the two champions of the Big 10 and Pacific Coast conferences in the Rose Bowl. Crazylegs later became part of the foundation of the "Three End" with the LA Rams. This film captures the genuine quality of Hirsch’s personality, with Hirsch playing himself in the part.

The film premiered in Wausau, Wisconsin, Hirsch's hometown.

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