Lummus' entire Giants career consisted of nine games in 1941. He was a 6-3, 200-pound two-way end who that season caught one five-yard pass for a Giants team that finished 8-3 before losing to the Bears in the NFL Championship Game on Dec. 21, two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Jan. 30, 1942, with the United States fully engaged in World War II, Lummus gave up his football career to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was killed in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. He becomes the second member of the Ring of Honor who was killed in a World War II battle. Al Blozis, an Army lieutenant, lost his life in combat in France just six weeks after he played in the 1944 NFL Championship Game vs. Green Bay.
Jan 01, 2015 at 12:36 PM