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Russell Aukerman
Position(s) Halfback
College Gettysburg College
Teams
1895-1896
1895
Latrobe Athletic Association
Duquesne Country & Athletic Club

Albert Russell Aukerman was an early professional football player-coach for the Latrobe Athletic Association. Prior to that, he was a halfback at Gettysburg College. He entered the College in 1893 at the age of 20. Because of his maturity, he was elected captain of the football team. He emerged as one of the premier rushers of his day. Over a three-year period, he produced the winning points in wins over Dickinson, Washington & Jefferson University, Franklin College[disambiguation needed InterlanguageLinks-Asset-Pencil-Hover.gif] and Marshall University. He was also an accomplished track athlete for Gettysburg, running the 100 and 200 meter relays and also the long jump. He left school to become a physical instructor at the Latrobe A. A. He was then picked to be the team's first head coach in 1895. He formed what became one of the first professional football teams and is credited with scoring the first professional touchdown, with John Brallier in a game against the Jeannette Athletic Club. Aukerman also played pro football for the Duquesne Country & Athletic Club for two games in 1895 at Exposition Park

Aukerman was elected into the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor in 1990.

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Preceded by
Initial
Latrobe Athletic Association Head Coach
1895-1896
Succeeded by
John Brallier

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