ERNEST “ERNIE” ZELLER (Deceased)
Inducted: August 18, 1979 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth: September 1, 1909 in Terre Haute, IN
High School Attended: Terre Haute Gerstmeyer Graduated: 1928
High School Honors: Did not go out for football until junior year; made varsity team first year out; unable to play senior year.
College Attended: Indiana State University Graduated: 1933
College Honors: Played football 4 years as tackle, kicker, backfield for offense and for special plays; received Bigwood Award in football 1932; made one All-State Team 1932; had several weekly state picks; receive national recognition in wrestling in 2 NCAA tournaments and 1932 Olympic final tryouts even though ISU did not have a wrestling program.
Professional Athletic Background: Played on first pro football team in Toronto, Canada; played on line and some special plays in backfield; played on Crosse & Blackwell team 1934; Wrigley Aromints team 1935.
Coaching Experience: Second year as pro, coached the line as well as playing; coached at Robinson, IL, HS football and track - assistant coach 1936 and head football coach 1937-1941.
Special Recognition: Served as E. I. League Football Representative in the Interscholastic High School Football Association; officiated high school and college football in Indiana and Illinois 1946-1950; served in US Navy during WW II for 4 years; served in school administration, including as Superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Butler, in Butler, IN, 1951-1966, and as Vice-President of the International Junior College, Ft. Wayne, IN, 1966-1971.
Family: Wife, Mary (deceased)
Mr. Zeller passed away July 1, 1987.