Big Ed McGinley was a unanimous All-American choice as a tackle in 1924, playing on a Pennsylvania team which had a 9-1-1 record and allowed opponents only 31 points in 11 games. After the season, Penn was selected as the best team in the East in preference to Dartmouth and Yale on the strength of its superior defense, which was considered the best unit in the nation.
Walter Camp, who invented All-American teams, said of McGinley: ‘He has the greatest of assets-consistency. He has played no poor games. He is the ideal tackle.”
The 1925 University of Pennsylvania Record hailed McGinley as both a great athlete and sportsman: “Ed McGinley had found the plenary might of All-American tackle – the best tackle of his time, and one of the truest sportsmen.”
McGinley’s athletic contributions to the University of Pennsylvania did not end with his own exploits. All three of his sons Edward, Gerald, and Richard played varsity football under George Munger and became “Munger Men.” This sense of Penn tradition strongly influenced Gerry McGinley to establish The Edward F. McGinley, Jr. Scholarship Fund.
McGinley was a pioneer in professional football, playing for the New York Giants after graduation and was selected for the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1979.