An indelible mark was left by "Sonny" Gandee on Akron prep athletics, Big Ten football, and the pro Detroit Lions. At Garfield High, he picked up 12 letters - made the All-City twice as an end, and earned All-Ohio first team as a senior. Before Gandee's graduation from Ohio State where defense was his specialty, he was named twice to the All-Big Ten and earned honorable mention on several All-American teams. With Gandee at defensive end for the Detroit Lions, they captured world championships in 1952 and 1953. He retired from pro football in 1958 when an ailing knee failed to respond to surgery.