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Christian Keener “Red” Cagle: Spotlight on Former Athlete (photos included)

Christian Keener "Red" Cagle: Spotlight on Former Athlete (photos included)


Click on the Spotlight on Former Athlete banner on the right of the AN News Box and be taken to the profile of Christian Keener "Red" Cagle, a three-sport letterman during the mid-1920s who went on to be a three-time all-American in football at West Point.  He played three seasons for the New York Giants professional football team.  Sometimes he played with a loose chin strap or no helmet and was often referred to by the media as "Onward Christian" because of his running and passing skills.
In 1925 Cagle scored 108 points while rushing for 1,048 yards and passing for 904. In the LSU game, he completed 22 of 33 passes.

Gagle drew large crowds at the SLI home games played on Institute Field located in the "Quad."  A picture of the 1923 team is located in the football photo gallery.

 The 1925 Football team with Keener holding the football front and center

The information about his life and acheivements are included in Christian Cagle’s profile (electronic scrapbook) in the Athletic Network.  His life ended shortly after a tragic accident in 1942, at age 37, when he fell in a Manhattan subway stairwell and died three days later of a fractured skull.

Bruce Brown graciously allowed the Athletic Network to reprint the chapter on Christian Cagle in his 1980 book entitled "Prides of Acadiana"  a copyrighted enterprise.

 TIME Magazine Cover:  Christian K. Cagle – September 23, 1929.

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Cagle’s monument is located inside Gate A at Cajun Field as a lasting memorial to one of our all-time greats.

It reads, " Christian Keener Cagle; Born May 1, 1904-Died December 23, 1942; A Native of Merryville, Louisiana; Outstanding Athlete; Southwestern Louisiana Institute; 1922-26; All-American Halfback; U.S. Military Academy; 1927-1928-1929; Captain of the Army Team 1929; College Football Player of the Year 1929; Helms Athletic Foundation; Member of Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame For College Football- 1953; Member of National Football Hall of Fame 1954; This monument was erected by the Alumni Association and the Alumni "S" Club of Southwestern Louisiana Institute, Lafayette, Louisiana

Athletic Network footnote: Cagle was injured on December 23, 1942 and died on December 26, 1942.

Special acknowledgement is extended Stephen David (Baseball ’76 & ’77)  and Dr. Authement’s office for providing information on the Cagle monument identified in Prides of Acadiana. Also, appreciation is extended to John Dugas for providing current images of the monument.  Additional images of the monument are posted in the Miscellaneous Link of the photo gallery.

 Cagle was named College Football Player of the Year in 1929, an award which was given another name in 1935, the Heisman Trophy.

The Athletic Network is honored to place the Spotlight on Former Athlete on Christian Keener "Red" Cagle.

Note:  The Photo Gallery (left side of home page) at http://www.athleticnetwork.net  contains over 7,500 pictures of former and current athletes and support groups. Just point and click to view teams by years.  One click on the thumbnail picture and it is enlarged; a click on the enlarged photo and you are back to the thumbnail. 

The AN seeks to add pictures of each team for each year they represented the university.

The stories of the 2007 honorees in the Athletic Network "Spotlight on Former Athlete" have been placed in the Lagniappe link of the "History of UL Athletics" and also added to their profiles. 


The 2008 honorees in the Athletic Network "Spotlight on Former Athlete" include:
January – Alvin Dark Football, ’43; Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Track, ’44; Coaches, 1947.
February – Alyson Habetz Women’s Basketball 1991-95 and Softball, 1991-94.
March – Ron Guidry Baseball 1968-70.
April – Christian Keener "Red" Cagle Baseball 1925-26, Basketball (M) 1922-26, Football 1922-25.