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Leonard Krouse

Football ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Len Krouse graduated from Rochester High School in 1938 after an outstanding athletic career in which he was a three year letterman in both football and basketball. He was a star halfback on the football team and led the Rams in basketball scoring during each of his three seasons. The Rochester cagers reached the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs in his senior year. Len had a sparkling football career at Penn State: in 1940 he averaged 7.5 yards per carry and led Coach Bob Higgins’s Nittany Lions in scoring. He also was the third top pass receiver in the East that season and ranked third in the nation. Len and quarterback Bill Smaltz teamed up to form a star passing duo at Penn State. Both played in the East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco in 1942. In his final regular season game at Penn State, Len caught seven passes as the Lions stunned South Carolina in a 19-12 thriller. Since he also played defense, Len was able to set up the winning touchdown drive with a pass interception. During the ensuing scoring march, Len caught passes of 16 and 12 yards from Smaltz to put Penn State in position for the deciding touchdown. Len tied for second place in the nation in pass receiving as a college senior and was named second team All East. He also played basketball at Penn State before graduating in 1942 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Following his college graduation, Len served in World War II. After his discharge, he decided to pass up a professional football career and entered the business world. Len was a licensed professional engineer for many years and was president of the United Elevator Company in Philadelphia.