Former Tiger All-American Harry Schuh Dies at 70
May 22, 2013
Harry Schuh, who became a legend at offensive tackle while playing for Billy J. Murphy's Tiger football teams in the early 1960s, died on May 20 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.
Schuh, born September 25, 1942, came to Memphis in the fall of 1961 from Feasterville, Penn., where he was an all-state fullback at Neshaminy High School. After playing on the freshman team, per NCAA eligibility rules at that time, Schuh was moved to offensive tackle as a sophomore and thus began his legendary career as a Tiger and as a professional football player.
From 1962-64, Memphis compiled an overall record of 22-5-1. In 1962, the Tigers gained their first victory ever against a Southeastern Conference team by knocking off Mississippi State in Starkville, 28-7. During the undefeated 1963 season, Schuh and his teammates fought third-ranked Ole Miss to a 0-0 tie at Crump Stadium and again defeated the 11th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Upon completion of his playing career at Memphis, Schuh ranked as the most decorated player in school history. He was named to 11 All-America teams, including first-team selections to the Football Coaches Association, Time Magazine, The Sporting News, Associated Press and Playboy Magazine squads. He was twice selected to play in the College All-Star Game, which pitted top collegians against the NFL's championship team from the previous season.
In 1965, Schuh was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, becoming the first Memphis player ever to be selected in the first round of the draft. In fact, he was the second player taken in the AFL Draft behind quarterback Joe Namath. Schuh would play six seasons for the Oakland Raiders, three seasons for the Los Angeles Rams and one season for the Green Bay Packers before retiring after the 1974 season. He was an All-AFL selection and a Western Division All-Star for the Raiders and was a starter in Super Bowl II for Oakland. He would later be named to the All-Time Raider Team.
The University of Memphis honored Schuh on October 15, 2011, by retiring his jersey in a ceremony at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. He was just the fifth player in school history to be so honored. He was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Tennessee State Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
Visitation will be held from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, May 25th at the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit at 2300 Hickory Crest Drive with a funeral mass to follow at noon.