Len "Skates" Eshmont, born and raised in Atlas, PA, was an outstanding football player at Mount Carmel Township High School from 1934 to 1936. Sportwriters of the time called him the "Green Ghost" or the "Galloping Ghost". He attended Fordham University from 1936/1939 and attained All-American honors. After college, Len played pro football for the New York Giants, enlisted in the Navy during WWII, then played for the San Francisco Forty-Niners from 1946 to 1949. He scored this new All American Conference team's first touchdown. Later, he coached football at the Naval Academy and the University of Virginia.
Mr. Eshmont's name is memorialized by the San Francisco Forty Niners with The Eshmont Award, the 49ers most prestigious annual honor, which is given to the Niner who best exemplifies the "inspirational and courageous play" of Len Eshmont, a player from the original 1946 Forty Niners team.
Mr. Eshmont died in 1957. He was truly one of the great athletes of his generation. Click here for more information.
Thanks to Joe Boyle and Juls Zvoncheck for this info.