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    John H. Riley
    John H. Riley

    Pioneer Era:
    1984 Charter Inductee



    Riley captured All-Big Ten honors on the 1930 and 1931 championship football teams and was named to the All-America team in 1931. He won the NCAA heavyweight wrestling championship in 1930 and 1931, and won a silver medal at the 1932 Olympic Games.

    After graduating from NU, Riley spent two years as a pro wrestler, played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins, and later coached wrestling at Northwestern from 1948-57.