Micahel Earl Nolan
Legendary, powerful football lineman, track and field performer and boxer who was Arizona’s first player in the NFL (with the Chicago Cardinals in 1937), he was an early proponent of weightlifting to enhance athletic performance. He was twice All-Border Conference in football and in 1936 was All-America honorable mention, the first UA player so honored. In track and field, he set a UA dual-meet record in the javelin that lasted for 32 years and high jumped 6’2 ½”. During boxing’s brief tenure as an intercollegiate sport, he was Border Conference heavyweight champion for three years, winning every one of his bouts by early knockout. A much-decorated Marine during World War II, he was named to The Arizona Daily Star’s “All-Time Arizona Honor Grid Team” in 1949. In 1969 he was named to the Star’s “Modern All-Stars UA Football Team” and the “All-Time Roxy Mountain Southwest Football Team” selected by regional sports editors.