Former KU Great Fiss Dies at 75

July 20, 2006


Galen Fiss, an All-Big Seven fullback and popular football and baseball player, passed away Monday night at the age of 75. Fiss spent two seasons on both the baseball (1951-53) and football teams (1950-52) and played professional football with the Cleveland Browns for 11 seasons.

Recruited by KU legend Don Fambrough, Fiss starred at both linebacker and fullback for the Jayhawks. After his playing days were over, Fiss remained part of the KU family, serving as the K-Club President, on the athletic board and on the 16-person search committee organized to find a new football coach after Terry Allen was fired in 2001.

In the professional ranks, Fiss played on the celebrated Cleveland teams of the 1950s and 1960s, alongside players like Jim Brown, Frank Ryan, Lou Groza and fellow KU alum Mike McCormack. Fiss served as captain on Cleveland’s 1964 NFL Championship team and played in the 1957 NFL Championship game alongside McCormack. He also played a year of minor league baseball in the Cleveland Indians organization and was a teammate of Roger Maris.

Galen is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Hampton Fiss, three children, Leslie Fiss Young, Bob Fiss and Scott Fiss, and 10 grandchildren.

To read a touching tribute about Fiss by Kansas City Star Columnist Joe Posnanski, click here.

To read the Lawrence Journal-World’s article about Fiss, click here.