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Tunnel broke his neck while playing college ball at Toledo, and the injury was so bad that both the Army and Navy rejected his enlistment during WWII. Undeterrerd, Tunnel joined the Coast Guard instead. After his enlistment was up, he played two years at Iowa and went undrafted, so he signed with the New York Giants in 1948. His career highlights include 79 interceptions, and 10career return touchdowns, including five on punt returns and one on a kickoff return. (Send comments to

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