This outstanding football player was called by coach Wallace Wade "one of the greatest football players I have ever had play for me." An All-America in 1941, Lach was the offensive star for the Blue Devils' 1941 Rose Bowl team. His brute force made him one of the most dreaded runners to pay the game of football. He was selected All-Southern Conference in 1940 and 1941. Following his outstanding career at Duke, Lach went on to a brief professional career with the Chicago Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers before his untimely death on July 14, 1961. Lach was selected for induction to the National Football Hall of Fame, the ninth Duke player or coach so honored.
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