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Leslie Mills, Nebraska’s big lineman

This short feature in the Minneapolis Journal of Sept. 27, 1904, gives Leslie Mills’ weight as 265 pounds, an eye-popping number for that era. Subsequent reports in Nebraska and Minnesota newspapers also list him in the 260-pound range, but Nebraska’s Sombrero yearbook says he weighed 216 pounds -- “the heaviest man on the Varsity.” His only varsity letter came in 1904.
 
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MOSE STRATHERN WILL "MEET" THIS NEXT MONTH CAPTAIN BENEDICT AND LESLIE MILLS, 265-LB CENTER OF NEBRASKA FOOTBALL TEAM The biggest man who ever wore' the mole skins of a tootbull wamor at the University of ,ebr,isk is Leslie Mills centei this season on the comhusker team Mills stands six feet two inches high, while his weight Is 265 pounds. When Coach Booth installed practice eaily in September Mills weighed 260 pounds, but he i" evidently iowiug fat on the exercise, for he has gained five pounds Aiound the waist Mills does not measure as much as most of the 200-pound men, his ponderous shoulders, torso and hlpa accounting entnclj foi his avoirdupois Mills is a Nebraska freshman this season and had no previous expeiieuce except at Franklin academy at Franklin, Neb before joining