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J. C. Wetsel

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Jesse Claude "Iron Man" Wetsel (March 17, 1910 – November 5, 1980) was an American college football player for the SMU Mustangs football team of Southern Methodist University in the 1930s. He was a consensus All-American at the guard position in 1935. Early years Jesse Claude Wetsel was born March 17, 1910, raised in Dallas, Texas, and died November 5, 1980 in Fort Worth, Texas. His parents were Jess Wetsel and Mattie Brooks. He attended North Dallas High School where he did not play football. He later attended the Peacock Military Academy where he played one year of football. After graduating, Wetsel enrolled at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. He was named an all-conference tackle while playing for Paris in 1931. SMU Wetsel then played for the SMU Mustangs. He became known by the nickname "Iron Man" because of his ability to play every minute of every game. One newspaper in 1933 wrote: "You probably can guess why Wetsel got that 'Iron M
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