John F. Spellman
John F. Spellman
Team: Wrestling

John F. Spellman '24
Sport:
 Wrestling
Year Inducted:
1971
Other Sports Played:
Football

John F. Spellman ’24 won six of seven bouts at the 1924 Olympics in Paris to capture the light heavyweight championship of the world, becoming the first Brown man to win an Olympic title. Captain of both the football and wrestling teams, the 5-10, 188-pound Spellman had broad shoulders and crushing arms and was a terror at either sport. He went through the 1924 wrestling seasons without losing a match. So great was his strength that he often raised an opponent over his head and slammed him to the mat for a quick pin. Spellman played pro football for the world champion Providence Steamrollers and wrestled against the top pros of his day, including a memorable match against Ed George for the world title.