Hugh Gallarneau was an exceptional man.  Gallarneau was born in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Morgan Park High School in Chicago. He was on the swimming team in high school, but not the football team. He left school to work at the Chicago stockyards during the Great Depression to help his family. He earned an academic scholarship to Stanford, but played football for the Cardinal team that was coached by Clark Shaughnessy using the new modified T formation. The Cardinal Team with Gallarneau and his teammates beat Nebraska in the Rose Bowl in 1940. Gallarneau was drafted by the Bears in 1941 and played through 1942 before joining the Marines to fight in WWII. He became a decorated night fighter director.[1] He returned to the Bears and played from 1945-1948. He played on the Bears’ 1941 and 1946 Championship teams. Gallarneau was a halfback who played on offense, defense, and special teams. Invited to the Pro Bowl in 1941, he led the league in rushing touchdowns with 8 that year, had a “pick-six,” and blocked a punt. For his career, he had 343 rushes for 1,421 yards and 26 touchdowns. He had 51 receptions for 794 yards and 7 touchdowns.

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[1] John Gunn, “High Gallarneau,” The Coffin Corner, CORNER: Vol. 21, No. 6 (1999), viewed on June 6, 2022, at http://www.profootballresearchers.org/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/21-06-826.pdf