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September 27, 1954
Dick Hyland, sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, played under Pop Warner at Stanford from 1925 to 1927:
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September 27, 1954

Tribute From A Player

Dick Hyland, sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, played under Pop Warner at Stanford from 1925 to 1927:

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More than a century ago, essayist Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Be not merely good; be good for something."

Those words can serve on the headstone of Glenn Scobey Warner. No one may doubt that old Pop was good for football. Indeed, long before his wonderful spirit left him in Palo Alto, it had already settled for all time on the broadly scattered playing fields of the game to which he devoted his life.

Inventive Pop Warner helped fashion football more than any one man. Every football lineman today uses the crouch start. Warner thought that one up at Carlisle, over 50 years ago. The single-wingback style of offense, the double-wingback system, mousetrap plays, the screen pass, the rolling block, the naked reverse, hidden-ball plays, series plays, the unbalanced line and backfield, all came out of his energetic brain.

At the turn of the century when football was a wild, brutal, push-pull-maul-and-batter sport, old Pop combined power with deception and emphasized speed. This was his heritage to football. Five decades later it is still the way the game is played. No one may judge the full degree of personal and moral influence Pop Warner had upon the game that was his life. As far back as 1908 he was giving courses in football by mail and his sound teachings reached deep along the R.F.D. routes throughout the country where the game was being played by ear.

What did Pop Warner teach? After playing for him for three years at Stanford, including two Rose Bowl games, I believe that may be summed up in a few sentences, "...You cannot play two kinds of football at once, dirty and good...There is no system of play that substitutes for knocking an opponent down. When you hit, hit hard...You play the way you practice. Practice the right way and you will react the right way in a game..."

Simple bromidic things, yet they add up to a way of life as well as a successful way to play football. This he gave his players and those he taught. This they pass on to others. This, I believe, is Pop Warner's greatest accomplishment, greater than all the games he won through the years. He coached you, as well as football.