Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 1/17/13
Al Benninger was there when Johnny Unitas entered his first football game as a freshman quarterback for the University of Louisville in 1951, remembers it well. “The game was against Houston at Manual Stadium,” says Benninger, who a student at UofL. “We had the ball on about the two or three-yard line. Johnny threw a pass out of the end zone to Babe Ray that went 92 yards for a touchdown. It was incredible. We beat Houston 35-28 and the crowd ran onto the field after the game.” Al was also at Indianapolis in 1980 and Dallas in 1986 when UofL won its NCAA championships in basketball. “What a thrill that first championship win was, an unbelievable experience,” he said. “I got a little choked up on that one. Benninger was head of the UofL Stats Crew for 46 years, keeping track of official statistics for Cardinal basketball and football for 46 years. His team has been doing official stats for the NCAA Tournament, including regional and Final Four games, since 1969. Al met in wife Mary w...
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