|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1922|
|Death: ||May 3, 2007|
Professional Football Player, College Football Coach. For six seasons (1947 to 1951, 1953), he played at the linebacker and offensive-guard positions in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League with the Los Angeles Dons, Chicago Rockets, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts; he appeared in 70 career AAFC and NFL regular season games. Born Alexander Arrasi Agase, he was raised in Evanston, Illinois where he attended high school and played collegiate football at the University of Illinois and Purdue University. While with the Fighting Illini, he achieved All-American stats and transferred to Purdue where he earned All-American honors with the Boilermakers, while training with the US Marine Corps. During World War II, Agase was a participant in the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Following the war, he returned to the University of Illinois and received All-American recognition for a third-time while being named the Big-Ten's MVP in 1946. Already selected by Green Bay during the 6th round of the 1944 NFL Draft, he signed with Los Angeles of the AAFC and experienced three consecutive world championships with Cleveland (1948 to 1950), including the Browns' team after joining the NFL in 1950. Following his retirement as a player Agase began a lengthy coaching career, initially as an assistant under Ara Parseghian at Northwestern (1956 to 1963) and served as head coach of the Wildcats from 1964 to 1972. He was named Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America in 1970. He returned to Purdue to serve as head coach from 1973 to 1976. Agase compiled a 50 win 83 loss 2 tie coaching record. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963. (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Record added: May 05, 2007
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