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Larry Kelley
Date of birth May 30, 1915(1915-05-30)
Place of birth Conneaut, Ohio
Date of death June 27, 2000
Position(s) End
College Yale
NFL Draft 1937 / Round 9/ Pick 87
Awards 1936 Heisman Trophy
College Football Hall of Fame

Lawrence Morgan "Larry" Kelley (May 30, 1915 – June 27, 2000) was an American football player born in Conneaut, Ohio. He played end, for Yale University. While at Yale he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and Skull & Bones, and was the second winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1936, the year it was renamed in honor of John Heisman. His jersey number was 19.

Kelley was an All-American end and the captain of the Yale football team. Following his career at Yale, he played for the Boston Shamrocks of the American Football League in 1937. He is a member of the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame. Following his career in football, Kelley was a history teacher and alumni director at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.[1]

He taught English at Cheshire Academy and spent 12 years in the glove-manufacturing industry.

To benefit of his nieces and nephews, Kelley sold his Heisman Trophy at an auction in December 1999 for $328,110 to the owner of The Stadium Museum, Restaurant & Bar in Garrison, New York, where it now resides.[2] His health was visibly failing by then after having suffered a minor stroke and having open-heart surgery, and on June 27, 2000, Kelley died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Hightstown. It was said to be a suicide by the Hightstown police.[3] He was 85 when he died. He was survived by his fourth wife and 18 nieces and nephews. [4]


  1. ^ "1999 Heisman Trophy - Former Heisman winner puts trophy up for auction". CNN/SI. December 2, 1999. Retrieved 2008-01-06.  
  2. ^ The selling price was a record for a Heisman, easily surpassing the $230,000 that O.J. Simpson's Heisman earned at auction. John D. Lukacs (December 7, 2007). "From the legendary to the little-known, Heisman history is never dull". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-01-06.  
  3. ^ RICHARD GOLDSTEIN (June 28, 2000). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Kelley Is a Suicide; Won 1936 Heisman". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  
  4. ^ Bamberger, Michael (11 December 2000). "The invisible man". Sports Illustrated, 93(24):64-74. ISSN 0038-822X.

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Preceded by
Jay Berwanger
Heisman Trophy Winner
Succeeded by
Clint Frank


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