In our last day of double digits in the countdown, we take a look at former No. 10 Paul Giel. The College Football Hall of Famer is one of the most decorated Gophers in program history.
During each of his three football seasons (1951-53), Giel led the team in passing and rushing. He threw for 1,922 career yards and rushed for 2,188 yards, 11th in school history. Giel still ranks in the top 10 in rushing touchdowns (20), carries (551) and 100-yard rushing games (9).
Giel was a two-time All-American and Big Ten MVP.
Giel was a two-time All-American halfback. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1952 and a close second in 1953. Giel was also the first two-time Big Ten MVP. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1954, but chose to pursue his other sport: baseball.
For Dick Siebert's Gopher baseball team, Giel was an All-Big Ten pitcher from 1952 to 1954. He earned All-America honors twice. Giel still ranks second in Minnesota history in career strikeouts with 243. His 21 complete games rank fifth and his 2.16 ERA ranks seventh.
Giel played baseball in the pros for six years, broken up by two years of military service. He also worked in sports broadcasting before returning to his alma mater for a long tenure as athletic director.
Giel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975. In 1991, the U of M inducted him into the M Club Hall of Fame and retired his No. 10. The Gophers also put Giel's name on their team award for unselfishness and most concern about the U of M. Giel died in 2002, but his legacy lives on.