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At the turn of the 20th century, Wisconsin native Martin Frederick Wheelock earned national prominence as a lineman for the Carlisle Indian School from 1894 to 1902. In an era when American football still resembled rugby,  Wheelock was a dominating athlete who led his school to successive winning seasons. He was handsome, fiercely intelligent, and often described in the press as one of the greatest to play the game. American Colleges at this time kept good football players around as long as possible. Wheelock played the game for 9 years. He used his time well and became educated in several fields of study. He delivered this quote from a deftly defiant oration to the spring graduating class of 1902, "The