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George Halas in first group of Rose Bowl All-Century finalists

George Halas in first group of Rose Bowl All-Century finalists
Former Chicago Bears coach and team owner George Halas is one of the first three finalists named for this year's Rose Bowl All-Century Class. (Fred Jewell / Associated Press)

George Halas, Patty Driscoll and Neil Snow have been selected as the first three finalists for this season's Rose Bowl All-Century Class.

The three players were chosen for the decades of the 1900s and 1910s. The first Rose Bowl was held in 1902 and discontinued before resuming in 1916.

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Snow scored the first touchdown in Rose Bowl history during Michigan's 49-0 romp over Stanford in 1902.

Driscoll completed four of eight passes for 77 yards to help lead Great Lakes Navy to a 17-0 win over Mare Island Marines in the 1919 game.

Halas, who was a collegiate star at Illinois and coached the Chicago Bears, played in the 1919 Rose Bowl as a member of Great Lakes Navy during a time when college teams were depleted because of World War 1. Halas had a 45-yard touchdown reception in the 1919 win and was selected player of the game.

The Rose Bowl, celebrating its 100th game, is choosing a top player or coach from each decade and also the top player and coach for the century. A panel of judges was chosen by the Rose Bowl and Football Writers Assn. of America. The team will be announced at a news conference Dec. 8.

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