Quarterback | Letters 1950-52
Sid Gilman was an offensive trendsetter during his tenure with the Bearcats. His offense was far ahead of the curve in the passing game. Part of that is obviously the design of Gilman, who's innovation's and contributions to the game are well chronicled elsewhere. More overlooked is the fact that Gilman had two QB's who were perfect for his offense right from the start in Cincinnati, first with Tom O'Malley and then Gene Rossi.
Rossi in particular was way ahead of his time. A true duel threat who went onto a successful career in the Canadian Football League as a running back. Rossi was the first player in UC history to throw for 1,000 yards or more in three consecutive seasons. He is also the only QB from the first 70 years of Bearcat Football to still rank among the top 10 in passing yards. Twice named an honorable mention All American Rossi was the finest QB of the Sid Gilman era.