Jerome Paul "Boomer" Groom (August 15, 1929 – February 29, 2008) was sn American football player. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines. He played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and was a consensus selection at the center position on the 1950 College Football All-America Team. He then played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Cardinals from 1951 to 1955. He was chosen to play in the 1954 Pro Bowl.
Groom later served as a color commentator for the Denver Broncos' radio broadcasts in their inaugural AFL season in 1960. In 1994 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He died at age 78 in Sarasota, Florida.
By Dean Hanley
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