Elroy Hirsch is said to have been dubbed Crazy Legs by a Chicago sportswriter who described his running style as that of a "demented duck." But, oh, could Crazy Legs run. Hirsch came out of Wausau to star at the University of Wisconsin and Michigan. He earned All-American honors at UW, then transferred to Michigan to also enter a Navy training program during WWII.
Hirsch was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, but started his pro career in the American football league. He switched to the Rams in 1949 and helped the team to NFL division titles in 1949, 50 and 51 as a wide receiver. He played in three Pro Bowls.
Hirsch did some acting while linked to L.A., but returned to his home state to become athletic director at UW. Hirsch was named to the NFL 50th anniversary all-time team.