Red Grange, football's "Galloping Ghost" who starred as a running back at Illinois and later in professional football, died early Monday at a Lake Wales hospital. He was 87.
Grange died of complications from pneumonia at about 3 a.m., said his wife of 49 years, Margaret Grange. He had been in the hospital since July and had been on the critical list for a week.Grange, one of the storied players of the game and one of 17 charter members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, made his jersey number "77" famous during the years 1923-25 at Illinois.
His blazing speed and electrifying performances helped catapult football from the inside sports pages to front-page headlines. "Yes, I think I brought some attention to the game," he once modestly conceded.
In his junior year, he scored four touchdowns in 12 minutes against Michigan with sprints of 95, 67, 56 and 45 yards. The next season he gained 363 yards against undefeated Pennsylvania. He was an All-America for three seasons.