Harold Kelly '50

Hal Kelly produced one of the most decorated careers in Grove City College football history as the Jamestown, N.Y., native earned four letters as a starting center and linebacker from 1946 to 1949. Kelly highlighted his athletic career at Grove City by becoming the first recipient of the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa Sportsman of the Year award as a sophomore in May 1948.

After graduating from high school in 1943, Kelly spent nearly three years in the United States Navy Medical Corps while assigned to the Marines in the Pacific and north China. He enrolled at Grove City in fall 1946 and made an immediate impact on the football team that season. Kelly started on both sides of the ball and earned honorable mention Tri-State recognition.

The next year, the Wolverines went 6-2 with Kelly earning Second Team All-State honors from Associated Press. As a junior, he earned First Team All-Class B honors. Kelly then led Grove City to a 7-1 mark as a senior in 1949. He earned Second Team All-State recognition again after his senior season.

The Collegian cited Kelly as "one of the big reasons that opposing coaches lose sleep before the Grove City game."

Kelly served as Student Council president and junior class president during his career as a student-athlete. He earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1950 and then added a divinity degree from Drew University in 1953.

Following his graduation from Drew, Kelly served as a missionary in Brazil for five years. He then embarked on a distinguished career as a United Methodist clergyman, serving numerous churches throughout western Pennsylvania. In 2007, his grandson, Andrew Leuenberger, also received the College's Sportsman of the Year award.