Ted "Duke" Curran
Hall of Fame Inductee:
Frequently the first name mentioned when long-time Quincy High School football fans reflect on stars of seasons past. As a senior in 1940, Curran averaged a whopping 14.2 yards per carry, gained more than 1,000 yards and led the state with 24 touchdowns scored, helping the Blue Devils to an 8-1 record. He was named to the Chicago Daily News and Champaign News-Gazette All-State first teams. He also finished third in the 100-yard dash and fourth in the 220-yard run in the Illinois state track meet as a senior. He also was a member of the state championship 880 relay team, and of the mile relay and medley relay teams that were undefeated entering the state tournament. He played on some of the top military football teams during World War II and later played at the University of Iowa. A charter inductee in the Quincy High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.