Charles J. "Chuck" Smith
Elgin High School Class of 1944
Captain of the 1943 Elgin High School football team, Chuck earned All—State tackle honors that year. Also in his senior year at EHS, he placed second in the shot put at the state track meet and was third in the state wrestling tourney. He was All—Big Ten tackle at the University of Illinois in 1944 and a member of the first Illini eleven ever to appear in the Rose Bowl (1946). Chuck played on the Great Lakes Naval Training Station football team in 1945, and in 1948 he captained Marquette University's football team and was named Honorable Mention All-American.