Soar left Providence College after his junior year and signed with the Boston Shamrocks of the AFL.
One year later, in 1937, he signed with the Giants and played for them through 1946. He was a tough player who sustained 17 fractures throughout his career, but missed no appreciable time due to his injuries. He was a brash individual who continually mouthed off to head coach Steve Owen, but Owen later called Soar his favorite player because of his spirit and his nose for the ball.
After his football career ended, Soar moved on to other sports. He coached the Providence Steamrollers in the NBA’s predecessor, the Basketball Association of America, in 1947. He spent some time refereeing college basketball games in his native New England and then became a baseball umpire. Soar worked as a respected umpire in the major leagues from 1950 through 1975; he then held a supervisory position until 1989, when he retired at age 75. Soar worked first base during Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series; he also worked four other World Series and three All-Star games.
Hank Soar scored the game-winning touchdown in the 1938 title game, and later became a distinguished Major League Baseball umpire.
Ed Danowski is pretty well forgotten by time, but as his key role in two NFL championships demonstrates, he was one of the finest passers of his era. He did not have a particularly strong arm, but he had great touch and accuracy. He was a clever play caller, protected the ball well, and was a skilled punter and defensive back as well.
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The Giants signed Danowski off the nearby Fordham campus, where Wellington Mara was a sophomore in 1934. When starting passer Harry Newman went down to a season-ending injury that year, rookie Danowski led the Giants to the title in the famous “Sneakers Game.”
The following season, Danowski held on to the starting job and led the NFL in passing. New York returned to the title game, where they lost to the Lions. Danowski again led the league in passing in 1938, and he topped that with the title-winning touchdown pass to Hank Soar in this game against Green Bay. Ed led the Giants to another title game in 1939 and then retired to play semipro ball in 1940.
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