Happy Birthday to Ki Aldrich, the first number one overall pick in SWC history.
Aldrich attended Temple High School where he was named All-State as a center in 1934. After his high school career he moved on to play for TCU coach Dutch Meyer in Fort Worth. At TCU, he played alongside legendary quarterbacks Sammy Baugh and Davey O'Brien. He was an All-American and considered one of the best centers in college football history.
Aldrich's senior year, 1938, the Horned Frogs won the National Championship, finishing 11-0 and winning the Sugar Bowl. Aldrich was a calming factor, according to Meyer, on TCU offensive line that averaged a beefy 200 pounds per man.
The Chicago Cardinals made Aldrich the number one overall pick in the NFL draft in 1939. He was voted 2nd team All-Pro as a rookie. Like most players, Aldrich played both ways and during his pro career he averaged 50 minutes of playing time per game.
After two seasons with Chicago he went to Washington play for the Redskins. He won an NFL title with the Redskins in 1942. Aldrich left the Redskins to join the Navy during World War II. He returned to Washington in 1945 and hung up his cleats for good in 1947.
He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960. Aldrich passed away in 1983 in his hometown of Temple.
Happy birthday to one of the greatest college football players in the history of the game.