" I'm a little stiff, he said. Give me a hand. I
can't get up.
"I got him up and we walked slowly back to the station. The people
with him said he had had a great day and they praised him for his skill and determination.
" I didn't have a great day, Sid said, hobbling along.
" The hell you didn't, a guy said.
" How can you have a great day, Luckman said,
when your team loses? "
It was in this spirit that Luckman played football. And in 1937,
although Columbia won only two out of nine games, he made All-East, together with Marshall
Goldberg, who played with an all-conquering Pittsburgh team. It was Sid's fiery spirit
that won him this honor.
In his final college year, 1938, Sid Luckman came into his own as a
In the opener, Columbia licked Yale 27-14. Sid Luckman gave one of his
most remarkable performances in leading his team to this notable victory. Allison Danzig,
veteran Times reporter, wrote a rave story, which said, in part:
"No back in recent memory, neither Frank, Albie Booth nor any
other, has given a finer exhibition of all-round ability in the huge saucer (Yale Bowl)
than the rugged New York youth put on to win a tumultuous tribute from the 35,000
spectators when he left the field in the closing minutes of play."
Sid passed successfully ten out of seventeen tries, for a total of 146
yards. Two of his passes were for more than fifty yards apiece. Danzig continued to rant
about the Jewish boy when he declared:
"Luckman excelled in other departments as well. He