APRIL 17, 1979


Born in Anadarko, Oklahoma, on March 2, 1904, Weller was a multi-sport athlete in high school. At Arkansas City Junior College (1925-26), he scored 28 touchdowns. At Chilocco Indian School (1927), he once returned 7 punts for touchdowns in one game. After Chilocco, “Rabbit” was a 4-sport athlete at the Haskell Institute, was the football team’s 1st 3-time captain and scored 13 touchdowns of over 60 yards. In 1930, he was named to Knute Rockne’s All-American team and UPI’s 2nd team. Versus undefeated Oklahoma A&M that year, Weller returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and later a punt 95 yards for the winning touchdown in a 13-12 victory. Weller then played 2 years of professional football with the Boston Redskins & Tulsa Oilers, scoring a 60-yard touchdown the first time he touched the ball. Rabbit is a member of both the American Indian Athletic and Kansas Sports Halls of Fame.  After football, he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Weller died in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 “Rabbit Weller,” Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.  Retrieved 9/6/2021, Rabbit Weller (kshof.org)
Photo: Author unknown, 1925.  Weller while at Arkansas City Junior College. Public Domain.

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