Mort Kaer

Mort Kaer
Date of birth: September 7, 1902(1902-09-07)
Place of birth: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Date of death: January 11, 1992
Career information
Position(s): Halfback
College: Southern California
 As player:
1931 Frankford Yellow Jackets
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Morton "Mort" Armour Kaer (September 7, 1902 – January 11, 1992), nicknamed "Devil May," was a world-famous athlete, as a track star and All-American collegiate and professional American football player.

He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and died in Mount Shasta, California.

At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, he placed fifth[1] in the Olympic pentathlon competition. The pentathlon, a track and field event comprising five events: the 200 metres, 1500 metres, discus, javelin, and long jump.

Then came three great years as a halfback for the University of Southern California Trojans, 1924-1926. In 1925, he set a school record by scoring 19 touchdowns, which led the nation that year. The record lasted 43 years, broken in 1968 by O.J. Simpson. In Kaer's three years he had 36 touchdowns, a career record for the school, tied by Simpson in 1967-68 (Simpson did it in two years). He was elected All-American in 1926.

Five years after his college career, Kaer played one year of professional football, 1931, with the Frankford Yellow Jackets of the National Football League. He became coach at Weed, California High School, where he accumulated a record of 187-47-7 over 28 years in which his teams won 17 conference championships.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

See also

  • 1926 College Football All-America Team


  1. ^ Welcome to Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame

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