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John Dal Santo
John Dal Santo

Chicago, Ill.

Football, Baseball

Baseball (1947-50), Football (1946-49)

Inducted: 1973

Four-year letterwinner in both football and baseball ... named ISU MVP and the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1948 when he gained 245 yards on 77 carries at fullback ... co-captain and a unanimous all-conference fullback in 1949 ... selected to the 1948 Tom Harmon's Little All-America Team ... also saw action as a halfback, linebacker, and kicker ... started all 32 games he played at Illinois State ... four-time all-conference selection ... born of Italian immigrants, Dal Santo grew up on Chicago's South Side and was a four-sport athlete at Pullman Tech ... was drafted by the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Conference and also had an offer from the Washington Redskins ... became a coaching graduate assistant in 1950, when the Redbirds won the IIAC title and advanced to the Corn Bowl... led the 1948 baseball team in hitting with a .437 average ... served in the Army Medical Corps from 1951-53, seeing European service ... has three degrees from Illinois State.