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Millner, Wayne Vernal

C. Robert Barnett

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1900648

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Millner, Wayne Vernal (13 January 1913–19 November 1976), college and professional football player and coach, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the son of Charles E. Millner, who worked for a machine belt manufacturing company (his mother’s name is unknown). An outstanding athlete at Salem, Massachusetts, High School, he was named to the 1928 All-Boston, All–North Shore, All-State, and All–New England football teams. He also played guard on the school’s basketball team. Millner worked during the next two years before enrolling at Malvern Preparatory School in Philadelphia with the intention of later entering Villanova University. In the fall of 1932, however, he chose instead to enroll at the University of Notre Dame. He was named starting end on Notre Dame’s team in the second game of his sophomore season. That 1933 team suffered a 3–5–1 record, but Millner established his reputation as a big-game player. In the last game of the season against undefeated Army, he recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown to lead Notre Dame to a 13–12 upset....

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Subjects: Sports and Outdoor Recreation

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