“His ear had a real nasty cut and it was dangling from his head, bleeding badly. He grabbed his own ear and tried to yank it from his head. His teammates stopped him and the managers bandaged him. Man was that guy a tough one. He wanted to tear off his own ear so he could keep playing.”
Tennessee lineman talking about his Alabama counterpart and first All-American Bully VandeGraaf in the 1913 game.