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Sports have been around for ages starting back in ancient times and sports and sports figures still have a big impact today Some of the greatest sports figures that shaped the sports of today came from the 1920s As sports began gaining popularity in the 1920s some famous names came into the spotlight A few of those names are Harold Grange Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth First of all the 1920s brought Harold Red Grange into the picture He was considered to be footballs greatest player and is said to still be today He thought he would have trouble making the University of Illinois football team but in his very first game he scored three touchdowns with runs of 12 35 and 60 yards Grange was known as the Galloping Ghost because of his unique style and blazing speed One of his most spectacular performances was against Pennsylvania where he ran for a total of 363 yards Sportswriter George Daley said No word can paint an accurate picture of the way he jumped to top speed He was as elusive as he was fast as daring as he was brilliant After college Grange decided to go to the NFL and signed with the Chicago Bears Grange was so great that he put pro football on the map The next athlete that made a name for himself in the 1920s is Jack the Manassa Mauler Dempsey Dempsey was a popular boxer in a time when boxing was extremely popular Of his sixty professional fights Dempsey won 49 fights by knockouts and lost just seven fights with one tie He had a tough background and he got his first start as a bar- room brawler In 1914 Dempsey turned pro and by 1919 he was fighting the heavyweight champion Jess Willard whom he knocked out in the third round Willard suffered a broken jaw a closed eye two broken ribs and
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