After a long touchdown run for Wisconsin in 1942, Elroy Hirsch was described as looking like a “demented duck,” whose “crazy legs were gyrating in six different directions all at the same time.”
From then on, he was known as “Crazy Legs,” who went on to become one of the NFL’s most exciting players and earn a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
On Wednesday, Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch died of natural causes. He was 80.
Hirsch died at an assisted living facility where he lived in Madison, said Wisconsin assistant athletic director Steve Malchow.
“There has never been a more loved and admired ambassador for Wisconsin sports than Elroy Hirsch,” Wisconsin AD Pat Richter said. “He loved life, loved people and loved the Badgers.”
Best known for his unorthodox running style, Hirsch starred at Wisconsin for one season, played nine years in the NFL and led the Los Angeles Rams to the league title in 1951, had a brief movie career, and eventually returned to Madison as the Badgers’ athletic director from 1969-1987.
—JR Ross, The Associated Press “NFL star ‘Crazy Legs’ Hirsch dies at age 80”