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Minnesota Sports Memories: Garrison Keillor

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Unknown photographer, Paul Giel, 1953. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the University of Minnesota Archives.

 “I never saw Paul Giel play football for the Gophers but I heard it on the radio, which made it even larger and more heroic. He was a good-looking Winona boy who quarterbacked for not very good Minnesota teams, and made All-American twice. After a game on a fine October afternoon I’d go over to the Days’ house, which had a huge yard, and play football with a dozen boys, all in our old leather helmets and homemade shoulder pads. I seldom got to be QB but I imagined I was Paul Giel anyway. I got his autograph at a Gopher basketball game in 1953, the only autograph I ever got in my life. Only one I ever wanted.”

Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion host and author

What’s your favorite Minnesota sports memory? Share it in the comments below.

Be sure to catch “The Sports Show” and “The Sports Show: Minnesota” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, through May 13 and September 2, respectively.

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