A star at Notre Dame back in the mid-1930s, Wayne Millner was an All-American end who contributed to a ton of success for the Fighting Irish, especially during an impressive season in 1935.
He became the 65th pick of the 1936 NFL Draft by way of the Boston Redskins and would spend his entire career with that franchise. He actually played just seven seasons, with his career interrupted by World War II.
Millner was the left end for the Redskins and caught plenty of passes from the great Sammy Baugh. The franchise moved and won the NFL championship in 1937, their first season in Washington DC.
He made a significant impact as a pass catcher while in Washington before joining the Navy following the 1941 season. After six seasons among the top pass catchers in the league, he came back in 1945 for one final year before retiring.
Millner’s production isn’t comparable to today’s game, but he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1968, becoming one of the earliest former Notre Dame stars to get NFL enshrinement. He spent several years in coaching following his retirement and remains one of the legends in Redskins’ lore.