The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.
Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher football player Urban Odson. For a list of all inductees, click here.
Urban Odson was a three-year letter winner for the Gophers from 1939 to 1941. He earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors as a tackle in 1940 and was a star on Minnesota's 1940 and 1941 National Championship teams.
Following his Gopher career, Odson was a first-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers. He deferred is NFL career to enter the Navy and serve a tour in the Pacific Tour aboard the U.S. Amsterdam. Odson did eventually return to the Packers and went on to play under Curly Lambeau for four seasons with Green Bay before leaving the NFL after the 1940 season.
In 1950 Odson joined the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League before retiring from professional football.
The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.