Clint Frank

Yale Bulldogs halfback (1935-1937)
(September 13, 1915-July 7, 1992)

  • Heisman Trophy winner in 1937
  • The first winner of the Maxwell Award in 1937
  • Drafted in the 12th round of the 1938 NFL Draft with the 106th pick
  • Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955

Clint Frank CardClinton E. Frank was the third winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 1937, and the second straight Yale player to be honored following the selection of Larry Kelley the previous year.

Frank starred for the Bulldogs from 1935-37 running for 1,244 yards in his career and adding another 937 passing yards while even managing to make five receptions. In the era of the two-way star, Frank was also a defensive standout with 11 interceptions at a time when teams generally threw less and played fewer games. His 20 career touchdowns are a testament to his ability to make sure his impact was reflected on the scoreboard.

As great as his Bulldog career was from beginning to end, it was capped by a Heisman-winning senior campaign that also saw Frank take home the first Maxwell Award as Outstanding College Player of the Year. In a dominating display of versatility, Frank ran for 667 yards and passed for another 489 yards including five touchdowns. On defense he intercepted four passes returning them for a total of 70 yards, and he also served as a punt returner (5-28) and kick returner (4-81). Along the way, he scored an amazing 11 touchdowns to become the first double winner of college football’s top two individual awards.

Post career and death

Frank graduated from Yale with a degree in economics, and like Jay Berwanger and Kelley before him, he decided against a professional career in football despite being drafted in the 12th and final round by the Detroit Lions. Instead, Frank embarked on a successful career in advertising first signing on with Blackett-Sample-Hummert in Chicago. A five-year stint in the Army Air Corps beginning during World War II found him fighting in bomber groups in Italy, Africa and England under General Jimmie Doolittle before returning to the advertising field after the war.

Frank then entered into a partnership to create his own agency in 1949, and in 1954, it became the Clinton Frank Advertising Agency. The agency was very successful, eventually handling large national campaigns for the likes of Braniff Airways and Toyota before Frank sold it in 1976 to Interpublic in New York.

In his later years, Frank continued to serve on various corporate boards and is credited with playing a leading role in the founding of the Brain Research Foundation at the University of Chicago and the Eye Research Institute in Boston. He passed away after a short illness at the age of 76 on July 7, 1992.

Where’s the trophy?

The location of Frank’s Heisman Trophy has not been determined.

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