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The Johnny Ringle Gallaudet deaf football mystery

In the early days of Gallaudet football (late twenties
/early thirties), running back Johnny Ringle was once
described by a teammate as the 80 percent of our football
team. And here lies the mystery. He was so fast, so
elusive and so strong that it took a gang of opposing
tacklers to stop him. He was a weak student. And after
the 1929 season, Gallaudet President Percival Hall,
himself very athletically-minded, told him to go home
(Kansas) and not to come back. He was a sophomore
at that time. At the start of the 1930 pre-season
training camp, the team dealt with the reality of
not having him around. All of a sudden, Ringle
showed up, shocking everyone. Hall summoned him to
his office, and “allowed” him to play. The suprisingly
academically-eligible Ringle was the reason for
Gallaudet’s successful 6-1-1 season. When the season
ended, Ringle went home – never again to play
Gallaudet sports.

Why did Hall allow him to play? No one knows the truth,
and no one dared ask Ringle why. Much speculation
focused on these possibilities:

1. he lived in Kansas, and during the depression,
railroad fares were expensive

2. Hall changed his mind, wanting to see a successful
Gallaudet football season

3. Ringle appealed his academic case and won