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Louis “Rabbit” Weller Could Really Run

Posted by Redskins.com on November 20, 2013 – 11:00 am


November is Native American Heritage month. Throughout the month, we’ll look back at stories of interest.

Long before John Riggins became the “Diesel,” another legendary athlete from Kansas made his mark on Redskins history.

Louis “Rabbit” Weller was a Native American running back who rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns for the Boston Redskins in 1933.

weller2A member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Weller was a dynamic athlete who starred in football, track, baseball and basketball at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., where he met William H. “Lone Star” Dietz, the first coach of the franchise. Before the team moved to Washington, Dietz coached Weller in Boston.

Weller was so effective in college, Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne named the back to his 1930 All-American team.

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