Abe Eliowitz - Biography
Abe Eliowitz,(November 10, 1910 – November 19, 1981) was a star football player in American college football and in the days before the Canadian Football League. He was born in New York and died at Livonia, Michigan.
Eliowitz attended Michigan State University from 1930 to 1932. In 1931, Eliowitz was named an All America all star honorable mention, and received the first MVP (Governor of Michigan) award ever given by Michigan State and the Spartans finished with a record of 5-3-1.
In 1932, Abe was co-captain and was named Grantland Rice All America honorable mention as MSU had its best season during his career, compiling a record of 7-1-0. An all-around athlete, Eliowitz played on the baseball team and is no. 6 all-time in school history in triples in a season with six (1931), and triples in a career with 10.
Eliowitz always attracted attention, as both a college and professional player, with his highly skilled left-handed passing and punting.
After graduating, Eliowitz came to Canada to play football. He played 5 seasons (1933 to 1937), 3 with the Ottawa Rough Riders and 2 with the Montreal Indians. He was an all star 5 times as a running back and as a flying wing. In 1935 he led the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union with 62 points and was the winner of the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy for fair play and sportsmanship. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
After playing in Canada he was a physical education teacher in the Detroit school system and continued to coach football; winning city league championships at Denby and Cooley High School. He was married to Gertrude Lipman on 26 July 1933 in Detroit and later to Ida Sara Lachman on 14 February 1945 in Detroit.