Larry Kelley

For American inventor and gemologist, see Larry Paul Kelley.
Larry Kelley
Yale Bulldogs No. 19
Position End
Class Graduate
Career history
High school Williamsport (PA)
Personal information
Date of birth (1915-05-30)May 30, 1915
Place of birth Conneaut, Ohio
Date of death June 27, 2000(2000-06-27) (aged 85)
Place of death Hightstown, New Jersey
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame (1969)

Lawrence Morgan Kelley (May 30, 1915 June 27, 2000) was an American football player born in Conneaut, Ohio. He played college football as an end at Yale University. While at Yale he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and Skull and Bones, and was the second winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1936, the year it was renamed in honor of John Heisman. His jersey number was 19. Kelley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

Kelley was an All-American and the captain of the Yale football team. Following his career at Yale, he signed a one-game contract with the Boston Shamrocks of the American Football League in 1937 but never played. Following his career in football, Kelley was a history teacher and alumni director at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, his alma mater.[1][2] He taught algebra at Cheshire Academy and spent 12 years in the glove manufacturing industry.

The Ian Graham Athletic Center at the Peddie School holds a replica of the Heisman Trophy donated to the school by Kelley. To benefit his nieces and nephews, Kelley sold his Heisman Trophy at an auction in December 1999 for $328,110 to the owner of The Stadium Museum, Restaurant & Bar in Garrison, New York, where it now resides.[3] His health was visibly failing by then after having suffered a minor stroke and having open-heart surgery, and on June 27, 2000, Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Hightstown, ruled a suicide by the police.[1] He was 85 when he died. He was survived by his fourth wife and 18 nieces and nephews.


  1. 1 2 Richard Goldstein (June 28, 2000). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Kelley Is a Suicide; Won 1936 Heisman". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  2. "1999 Heisman Trophy - Former Heisman winner puts trophy up for auction". CNN/SI. December 2, 1999. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
  3. The selling price was a record for a Heisman, easily surpassing the $230,000 that O.J. Simpson's Heisman earned at auction. John D. Lukacs (December 7, 2007). "From the legendary to the little-known, Heisman history is never dull". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
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