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Howard "Howe" Welch

There were five Welch brothers, three of them gridders - Charles, Stephen and Howard with the nicknames of Shang, Suey and Howe, respectively. Shang and Suey played at South High but Howe quit in the eighth grade to work at Goodrich. In 1914, the Burkhardts, a semi-pro team was organized by Suey around brothers Howe and Shang and Hall of Famer Carl "Squash" Cardarelli. After three seasons, Welch performed for and/or coached the Suey Welch-backed and managed Akron Indians, playing against many of professional football's early stars including fellow Hall of Famer inductees Al Nesser, Ralph Waldsmith, "Tumble" Crisp and Fred Sefton.

Inducted 1964 | Football