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Levert Collier

They called him “Wee Willie” Collier, but he always loomed large when he took the field for the South Akron Awnings semi-pro football team. Collier, a swift, elusive and yet powerful halfback out of Akron’s West High School, was one of the finest players on the Awnings, greatest teams from 1937-41. Collier scored 138 points for the Awnings over those five seasons, sharing the team lead with Hall of Famer Stan Junius, as the club won 42 games against only 5 losses and 1 tie. Included in that span was a 28-game winning streak from 1938-40. Moreover, South Akron won the Ohio semi-pro championship in 1939, and claimed the Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York state titles the following year. Collier led the Awnings in scoring in 1938 with 48 points and in 1940 with 54 points. Collier had perhaps his best two games on November 17 and 24, 1940. First, he scored both South Akron touchdowns in a 12-7 victory over Toledo on a 65-yard run with a lateral on the game’s first play from scrimmage, and on a 33-yard pass from quarterback Del Fessler. A week later, Collie r tallied three touchdowns in a 47-0 victory over the Buffalo Liberty Halls that gave South Akron the New York state championship. Collier died May 11, 1993 at age 78.

Inducted 1996 | Football