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men_s_basketball:eugene_ronzani [2007/05/19 16:37]
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-====== Gene Ronzani ====== +====== Gene (Tuffy) ​Ronzani ====== 
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 +**Position:​** Guard\\ 
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 +**Hometown:​** Iron Mountain, MI\\ 
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 Gene "​Tuffy"​ Ronzani was a chief contributor to the Golden Age of Marquette University (Milwaukee) sports in the early 1930s as the first of two MU nine-letter athletes. ​ Gene "​Tuffy"​ Ronzani was a chief contributor to the Golden Age of Marquette University (Milwaukee) sports in the early 1930s as the first of two MU nine-letter athletes. ​
  
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 Ronzani was second in scoring his sophomore year. During Ronzani'​s junior year the Hilltoppers (as Marquette teams were called then) compiled an 8-1 record. ​ As a senior, he led the gridders to a 5-3-1 record, not fully indicative of the hard fought games and near misses. Ronzani was second in scoring his sophomore year. During Ronzani'​s junior year the Hilltoppers (as Marquette teams were called then) compiled an 8-1 record. ​ As a senior, he led the gridders to a 5-3-1 record, not fully indicative of the hard fought games and near misses.
  
-While Ronzani was on the basketball squad the cagers did not suffer a losing season. ​ Marquette garnered records of 11-7, 11-8 and 14-3 under Coach Bill Shandler.  The Tribune said, "​Ronzani particularly had a rollicking time of it, as he roamed all over the floor, scrambling anyone in his path and usually coming up with the ball in the wildest sort of melee."​+While Ronzani was on the basketball squad the cagers did not suffer a losing season. ​ Marquette garnered records of 11-7, 11-8 and 14-3 under Coach Bill Chandler.  The Tribune said, "​Ronzani particularly had a rollicking time of it, as he roamed all over the floor, scrambling anyone in his path and usually coming up with the ball in the wildest sort of melee."​
  
 In Track, Ronzani under Coach Con Jennings, was a consistent team man in shotput and javeline. He competed with Marquette'​s 1932 Central Collegiate champions, and also tried out for the US Olympic team in the Spring of 1932.  After graduation Tuffy joined the Chicago Bears' National Football league championship drive. ​ After Ronzani'​s playing days, he joined the Bear coaching staff and served in a coaching position under The Coach and Bear owner George "Papa Bear" Halas until 1950.  In 1950 he was hired as head coach and General Manager of the Green Bay Packers. ​ Tuffy introduced the first Black American player into the Packer lineup as Green Bay's coach, a move he was widely criticized for at the time. As head coach and General Manager, Ronzani'​s first game was against the Detroit Lions at aging City Stadium in Green Bay. The 22,096 fans were first introduced to new green and gold uniforms. Both jerseys and pants were kelly green with gold numbers on the tops, two gold stripes around the upper sleeves, and a one inch gold stripe down the side of each leg. In Track, Ronzani under Coach Con Jennings, was a consistent team man in shotput and javeline. He competed with Marquette'​s 1932 Central Collegiate champions, and also tried out for the US Olympic team in the Spring of 1932.  After graduation Tuffy joined the Chicago Bears' National Football league championship drive. ​ After Ronzani'​s playing days, he joined the Bear coaching staff and served in a coaching position under The Coach and Bear owner George "Papa Bear" Halas until 1950.  In 1950 he was hired as head coach and General Manager of the Green Bay Packers. ​ Tuffy introduced the first Black American player into the Packer lineup as Green Bay's coach, a move he was widely criticized for at the time. As head coach and General Manager, Ronzani'​s first game was against the Detroit Lions at aging City Stadium in Green Bay. The 22,096 fans were first introduced to new green and gold uniforms. Both jerseys and pants were kelly green with gold numbers on the tops, two gold stripes around the upper sleeves, and a one inch gold stripe down the side of each leg.

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