Glenn “Bones” Adams

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Graduated in 1949 from Mt. Carmel High School. An all-around athlete, Bones won 11 of a possible 12 letters as a High School star. He was 1948 Player of the Year in the Anthracite Area, and was also a second team All-State selection that year. One of Mt. Carmel’s most highly sought athletes ever, he received more than 50 college scholarship offers. At the University of Pennsylvania he was the second leading scorer on the Frosh basketball team, topped only by Ernie Beck who later became an All American and Pro Star. Bones was a 3-year letterman in football at Penn. During his career there he was All Ivy, All East and Honorable Mention All American. He held Penn’s single season passing record until 1963, eclipsing the previous records of All American Red Bagnell. In 1951 he ranked third nationally in punting average. In 1952 he was selected National Player of the Week, after a game in which he threw 4 touchdown passes against Dartmouth. That same year Bones compiled more than 1300 yards total offense, and helped Penn rank fourth nationally in passing statistics. Despite injuries that cut short his career and limited his plying considerably, Glenn Adams was a leader in what was probably the U of P’s finest hour.

Categories: 1981 Hall of Fame