Some say Johnny "Blood" McNally was born in 1924, at 6-2, 190 pounds. Actually, that was the year that Johnny McNally, a New Richmond native who had starred at St. John's College and showed promise at Notre Dame, became known as Blood because he wanted to play for a semi-pro team in Minneapolis.
McNally stole the name from the movie, "Blood and Sand." He would make it a well-known name, first for that semi-pro team, and later for the Green Bay Packers and other pro teams. Blood scored 224 points as a Packer and became the first great receiver in team history, preceding Don Hutson.
Blood became known for his flamboyant play on the field and equally showy antics off the field. He drove coach Curly Lambeau crazy at times, yet the legendary coach also loved his Vagabond Halfback. Blood played 15 seasons in the NFL.