1995 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame Class
(Football/Track and Field, 1928-31)
Armstrong participated in both football and track and field for what at the time was Arizona State Teachers College-Flagstaff. Armstrong was an alternate to the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany in both the 100 and 220-yard dashes. He had once held the state record in both sprints and missed making the team by only 1/100 of a second in the time trails. In football Armstrong was easily the fastest man among running backs in the state. He gained more yards than any other man on the team, and was chosen for the mythical All-Southwestern team. He briefly played professional football with the Chicago Bears before injuries force him out. He later returned to his alma mater, where he was assistant coach for the Lumberjacks. Armstrong majored in physical education at ASTC, and he was football team captain his junior and senior years. He was also a two-year member of the Chain Gang.