Don Wheaton was said by his contemporaries to be "the greatest
broken field runner" of his time. Others called him a genuine
"triple threat men... and the greatest football player in DePauw
history." He was named all-state halfback in 1931 and 1932 and in
1931 was listed in Spaulding's Official Football Guide for five
outstanding individual feats in football. One was a 107-yard TD
gallop against Cincinnati. The great sportswriter Grantland Rice
placed him on his third-team All-American squad and observed that
he would have been on the first team had he played at a "big time"
university. Ironically, Wheaton grew up in Wheaton, IL and was
president of F.E. Wheaton & Company there.