Ernie Blandin – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Ernie Blandin was another in the line of great Tulane linemen of his era; he played for Green Wave teams from 1939-41 and earned All-America accolades as a senior. He is the most recent Tulane player to achieve consensus All-America status.
Following his Green Wave career, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1942, but joined the military and served in the Pacific theater of World War II.
Upon his discharge, Blandin returned to football, playing for the Cleveland Browns, who won two straight All-America Football Conference championships (1946 and 1947). He then played for the Baltimore Colts from 1948-50 and again in 1953.
Born June 21, 1919, in Augusta, Kansas, Blandin was also inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980. He died September 16, 1968 in Maryland at the age of 49.