George Amundson
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Amundson about to throw a football at Iowa State
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Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1951-03-31) March 31, 1951 (age 72)
Pendleton, Oregon, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College:Iowa State
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:194
Player stats at

George Arthur Amundson (born March 31, 1951) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He played college football at Iowa State, both at quarterback and running back.

He has been inducted into both the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and Iowa State Hall of Fame.[1][2]

Early years

Amundson was born in Pendleton, Oregon but grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. At Aberdeen Central he excelled in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field. As a high schooler Amundson set the state record in shot put and discus, the latter of which he still holds.[3] In football he was selected to the Argus Leader all-state first-team both as a linebacker and quarterback.[4][5][6]

College career

Amundson was recruited to Iowa State both as a track & field athlete and as a football player. He would ultimately become a seven time letter winner, four in track & field and three in football.

The football field is where Amundson truly excelled and gained most of his recognition. He was recruited as a quarterback but had to play tailback his junior season due to several injuries on the team.[4] He led the Cyclones to their first ever bowl berth in the 1971 Sun Bowl.[7] That season he rushed for a then-record 1,260 yards and 15 touchdowns. His senior season he was able to switch back to his natural position of quarterback where he became the first Cyclone to top 2,000 yards of total offense in a season.[2] His 2,387 yards set a Big Eight Conference mark and earned him Big Eight Player of the Year honors, beating out Nebraska's Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers.[8]


Passing Rushing
Year GP Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
1970 11 37 103 35.9 471 4 7 73.6 111 440 4.0 7
1971 11 11 23 47.8 256 1 1 147.0 287 1316 4.6 15
1972 12 155 332 46.7 2,110 17 22 103.7 134 508 3.8 9
Total 34 203 458 44.3 2,837 22 30 99.1 532 2,264 4.3 31

Professional career

At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Amundson was drafted by the Houston Oilers with the 14th overall pick in the 1973 NFL Draft.[10] He was the only first round NFL draft pick in Iowa State history until 2023.[1][11] Amundson would play the following two seasons with the Oilers and his final NFL season with the Philadelphia Eagles. His career stats are 74 rushes for 194 yards and four touchdowns, three of them coming in one game.[12] Amundson tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals as a tight end in 1977 and 1978 but suffered a knee injury during the 1978 training camp, ending his football career.[13] After recovering from knee surgery, he moved to Houston to work as a construction equipment salesman.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "George Amundson - South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame".
  2. ^ a b "George Amundson - Hall of Fame Class of 1998 - Iowa State Athletics".
  3. ^ Waltman, Scott (May 28, 2009). "Years after, twin brothers remember Amundson's record toss". Aberdeen News. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-07-29. Retrieved 2017-07-28.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Amundson Repeats On All-State Football Club". Argus-Leader. December 2, 1968. p. 15.
  6. ^ "All-State Defensive 11 Has One Junior". Argus-Leader. December 4, 1967. p. 17.
  7. ^ "LSU 33, Iowa State 15 - Recaps - Hyundai Sun Bowl - December 29, 2017 - El Paso, Texas".
  8. ^ "1972 Big Eight Conference Year Summary - College Football at". College Football at
  9. ^ "George Amundson College Stats - College Football at". College Football at
  10. ^ " Draft 2017 - NFL Draft History: Full Draft Year".
  11. ^ Webber, Tim (April 24, 2019). "This chart shows every Iowa State player ever selected in the NFL Draft". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "George Amundson".
  13. ^ Shirk, George (August 7, 1978). "George Shirk". Des Moines Tribune. p. 13.
  14. ^ Egan, John (April 16, 1981). "Amundson gains place in Relays Hall". Argus-Leader. pp. 1B, 6B.
  15. ^ Hansen, Greg (May 31, 1986). "Amundson's 1969 record toss awes modern-day weightmen". Argus-Leader. p. 3B.