|Born:||October 27, 1931|
|Died:||March 23, 2012 80) (aged|
Palm Desert, California
|Position(s)||Guard/Nose guard/Offensive tackle|
|NFL draft||1953 / Round: 19 / Pick: 228|
|Drafted by||Los Angeles Rams|
|1955–1956||Los Angeles Rams|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Awards|| 1954 College Football All-America Team |
1954 UPI Lineman of the Year
|Honors||UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame|
Jack Duane Ellena (October 27, 1931 – March 23, 2012) was an American football player.
Ellena played offensive tackle for coach Red Sanders at UCLA from 1952 to 1954. He was a member of the Bruins team that lost the 1954 Rose Bowl and was named that year's FWAA & UPI national champions. That same year, Ellena was named to the College Football All-America Team and won the UPI Lineman of the Year.
In addition to playing football for the Bruins, Ellena wrestled heavyweight at UCLA. He was a two-time Pacific Coast Intercollegiate heavyweight champ (1953, 1954), and placed fourth at the 1953 NCAA wrestling championships at Penn State, earning All-American honors.
Ellena was selected in the 19th round (228th overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played guard and nose guard for the Rams from 1955 to 1956.He was cut by the Rams in 1957 and was unable sign with any teams in the National Football League or Canadian Football League.
After his football career, Ellena ran Mountain Meadow Ranch, a summer camp located near his home town of Susanville, California. In 1987, he was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.
Gary Joseph Beban is an American former professional football player. Beban won the 1967 Heisman Trophy, narrowly beating out O.J. Simpson, and the Maxwell Award while playing quarterback for the UCLA Bruins. He played professional football for two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Washington Redskins. Beban was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
Randall Laureat Cross is an American football analyst and former player. He was a right guard and center in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the UCLA Bruins and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Woodrow Wilson Woolwine Strode was an American athlete and actor. He was a decathlete and football star who was one of the first Black American players in the National Football League in the postwar era. After football, he went on to become a film actor, where he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.
The UCLA Bruins are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Los Angeles. The Bruin men's and women's teams participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Pac-12 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). For football, they are in the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I. UCLA is second to only Stanford University as the school with the most NCAA team championships at 119 NCAA team championships. UCLA offers 11 varsity sports programs for men and 14 for women.
James Thompson "Tommy" Prothro Jr. was an American football coach. He was the head coach at Oregon State University from 1955 to 1964 and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1965 to 1970, compiling a career college football record of 104–55–5 (.649).
Henry Russell "Red" Sanders was an American football player and coach. He was head coach at Vanderbilt University and the University of California at Los Angeles (1949–1957), compiling a career college football record of 102–41–3 (.709). Sanders' 1954 UCLA team was named national champions by the Coaches Poll and the Football Writers Association of America. Sanders was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1996.
Frank Joseph Varrichione was an American athlete. Varrichione was best remembered for being part of the 1953 University of Notre Dame football team that shared the collegiate national championship with a 9-0-1 record and for having played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
Donn Moomaw is a retired American football player and Presbyterian minister.
Ernest Francis Case was an American athlete who played quarterback for the Bruins of the University of California, Los Angeles, and professionally in the All-America Football Conference for the Baltimore Colts. A bomber pilot who was shot down and captured as a prisoner-of-war during World War II, Case is best remembered for leading UCLA to its first 10–0 season and a berth in the 1947 Rose Bowl game.
The 1954 Rose Bowl was the 40th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Friday, January 1. The third-ranked Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten Conference defeated the #5 UCLA Bruins of the Pacific Coast Conference, 28–20. Michigan State halfback Billy Wells scored two touchdowns and was named the Player of the Game.
Hardiman Cureton was an American player of Canadian football.
Sam Boghosian was an American college and professional football coach. He played college football as a guard for the UCLA Bruins, and was later an assistant coach at his alma mater. Boghosian was a key member of the 1954 national championship team in his senior season and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. As an offensive line coach, he won two Super Bowls with the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders.
John William Hermann is a former American football player and coach. Hermann played running back, tight end, and defensive back for coach Red Sanders at UCLA from 1953 to 1955. He was a member of the Bruins team that played in the 1954 Rose Bowl and was named that year's FWAA & UPI National Champions.
Primo Villanueva is an American former gridiron football player. He played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), leading the led the national championship 1954 UCLA Bruins football team in total offense. He subsequently played for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League (CFL). After his football career ended, Villanueva became a successful restaurateur in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Paul Bergmann is an American football tight end who played in the United States Football League.
The 1954 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 1954 college football season. They played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and were coached by Red Sanders. It was Sanders' sixth season as the UCLA head coach; the Bruins finished 9–0 overall, and were Pacific Coast Conference Champions with a 6–0 record. In nine games, UCLA outscored their opponents, 367 to 40.
The 1953 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 1953 college football season. They played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and were coached by Red Sanders. It was Sanders' fifth season as the UCLA head coach. The team completed the season with an 8–2 record and was the Pacific Coast Conference champion. They played in the 1954 Rose Bowl and were defeated by eighth-ranked Michigan State, 28–20. The Bruins finished ranked fourth in the Coaches Poll and fifth in the AP Poll.
Leonard Bernard "Butch / Len" Levy was an American professional athlete. The 1941 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion and 1942 AAU champion, he was selected by the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League (NFL) in the fourth round of the 1942 NFL Draft. He instead enlisted in the United States Navy and played for one of that branch's organized military service teams, the Great Lakes Bluejackets.
Kenneth Duane Clark Jr. is an American football nose tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Playing college football for the UCLA Bruins, he was named a third-team All-American as a junior in 2015, when he also earned his second all-conference selection in the Pac-12. He was selected by the Packers in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, with the 27th overall pick.
Osawaru Odighizuwa is an American football defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA, where he was a first-team all-conference selection in the Pac-12.