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Merle Hapes

Merle Hapes
Hapes seen in an early college photospgraph
Personal information
Date of birth: (1919-05-19)May 19, 1919
Place of birth: Garden Grove, California
Date of death: July 18, 1994(1994-07-18) (aged 75)
Career information
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 1942 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1942
Last played in 1953
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Grey Cup champion - 1953
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards 151–524
Receptions-yards 13–119
Touchdowns 10
Stats at

Merle Alison Hapes (May 19, 1919 – July 18, 1994) was a professional American football fullback in the National Football League. He played two seasons for the New York Giants (1942, 1946).

He and quarterback Frank Filchock were involved in a gambling scandal in 1946, where they allegedly took bribes to fix the 1946 NFL Championship Game.

Since the betting scandal meant he was indefinitely suspended from playing professional football in the United States, he went to Canada to play in the Canadian Football League. He played one season for the Hamilton Tigers in 1949. They became the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1950, but Hapes was injured for the entire season. For the next two seasons he was an assistant coach with the Tabbies, but returned to play as a back up for two final serasons, winning the Grey Cup with Hamilton in 1953.[1]

Hapes returned to the States and worked in the Civil Service and the Department of Defence until 1982. In 1993 Hapes was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of Mississippi.

Hapes died on July 18, 1994, survived by his wife, Evelyn Pevey Hapes, two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.


  1. ^ CFLAPEDIA entey: Merle Hapes

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