A 1914 graduate of Barberton High, the 6-3 190 pound athlete honed his skill as a semi-pro before enrolling at Ohio University. However, like so many other Hall of Famers, World War I intervened. Finally in 1921, a career officer in the U.S. Marines, Goettge wound up at Quantico Virginia. During Goettge's banner years (1921-24), Quantico won 38 while losing two and tying two other starts. Walter Camp wrote, "He is easily the greatest football player of the present day - the nearest approach to Jim Thorpe of all time." Goettge was the ideal triple threat - he ran, passed, and kicked well in addition to playing defensive back. In 1942, Colonel Goettge was KIA (Killed In Action) on Guadalcanal.