Gil Kuhn, Captain of 1936 USC Football Team, Dies

April 24, 2006

Gil Kuhn, who captained the 1936 USC football team and was the first Trojan drafted by the NFL, died on April 12 in Anaheim of heart failure. He was 91.

Kuhn was a 3-year (1934-35-36) letterman center at USC under head coach Howard Jones. He played in the 1937 East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco and the College All-Star Game in Chicago. In 1961, he was named to the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-America team of 1936.

He was a 10th round selection by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1937 NFL draft, but he never played in the NFL.

Instead, he became an assistant director on Hollywood films and was the head football coach at Glendale (Calif.) City College before joining the U.S. Army Air Force in 1940, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then became a businessman, first with Marine Products Company in San Diego and then in 1957 he founded Ocean Garden Products, a frozen food firm. He also was the University of San Diego's first head football coach in 1956 and is in the San Diego Hall of Champions.

He prepped at Fullerton (Calif.) High.

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