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Louis “Rabbit” Weller

  • Returned seven punts for TD’s in one high school game in Oklahoma
  • Three-time captain of the Haskell football team
  • Played two years of professional football
Weller, Louis "Rabbit"
1914 - 1995

Born: March 2, 1904 – Minco, Oklahoma

Died: April 17, 1979 – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Graduated: Arkansas City (KS) High School, 1927; Haskell (KS) Institute, 1931

Overview

One of the greatest Native American athletes of all time, Louis “Rabbit” Weller was a four-sport star at Haskell Institute in Lawrence.

His Time at Haskell

Weller teamed with fellow Kansas Sport Hall of Fame inductee, John Levi, to create an era of athletic glory at Haskell from 1928-1930. Weller, a full-blooded Caddo Indian, was the first three-time captain of the Haskell football team where he scored 13 touchdowns of 60 yards or more. In 1930, he was selected to the Knute Rockne All-American team and the UPI second team. A dodging, ducking runner, he had one of his greatest games in 1930 versus undefeated Oklahoma A&M. In that game, the 5-foot, 8-inch, 150-pounder returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and later returned a punt 95 yards for the winning touchdown in a 13-12 victory.

Professional Career

Weller played two years of professional football with the Boston Redskins and Tulsa Oilers, scoring a 60-yard touchdown the first time he touched the ball.

Honors & Achievements

Weller once returned seven punts for touchdowns in one high school game for Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma. Made Ripley’s famous “Believe It of Not” for returning a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. Charter inductee of the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.