Consensus All-American Arthur Cumnock was born on this date in 1868.
Cumnock starred for the Harvard Crimson in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s earning All-American honors as an end in 1889. As the team’s captain in 1890, he helped lead the Crimson to a 12-6 upset of the favored Yale Bulldogs in what is considered one of the greatest games in Harvard’s history.
Cumnock passed away on June 8, 1930, at the age of 62.
College Football Hall of Fame member Dick Romney was born on this date in 1895.
Romney served as the head football coach at Utah State from 1918-1949. He was inducted into the hall of fame’s second class in 1954, and the football stadium at Utah State was named in his honor from 1969-2015.
Romney came from a gifted family full of football players with his brother G. Ott Romney playing for Utah from 1910-1912 and later coaching at Montana Agricultural (now Montana State) from 1922-1927 and BYU from 1928-1936. Another brother, Milton Romney, was a quarterback for the University of Chicago in the early 1920’s before playing in the early NFL with the Racine Legion in 1923 and 1924 before moving on to the Chicago Bears from 1925-1928. Romney’s cousin, George Romney, was a future governor of Michigan and the father of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who was named after Milton.
Dick Romney passed away on February 5, 1969, at the age of 73.
Charlie Daly, a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame, passed away on this date in 1959 at the age of 78.
Daly was elected to the hall in its first class in 1951 as a former quarterback for Harvard (1898-1900) and Army (1901-1902). A four-time All-American, Daly’s two teams, ironically, played during all five of his seasons as a college football player, and Harvard was victorious in all five meetings registering four shutouts along the way. During Daly’s three appearances vs. Army, he helped the Crimson post a 75-0 cumulative score before moving over to Army for his final two games in the series. Harvard managed just a 6-0 win over the Cadets in 1901, and then Daly helped lead Army to its only score in the series during his years as a player in the rivalry in a 14-6 loss in 1902. His final season was the only time in his career that he didn’t earn First-Team All-American honors, instead, settling for a Third-Team nod from Walter Camp.
Daly later served two stints as Army’s head coach, the first beginning with an 8-1 season in 1913 followed by an undefeated 9-0 run in 1914 which was later recognized as a national championship season. Following a disappointing 5-3-1 season in 1915, Daly led the Cadets to yet another unbeaten 9-0 season in 1916 which was also declared a national championship season in later years. Service during World War I took him away from West Point, but in 1919, he returned to lead the Cadets to a 6-3 finish. He ultimately coach three more years from 1920-1922 leading his teams to records of 7-2, 6-4 and 8-0-2.
Daly continued his career as an instructor at West Point through 1934. He passed away on February 12, 1959, at the age of 78.
Legendary College Football Hall of Fame coach Lawrence “Biff” Jones passed away on this date in 1980 at the age of 84.
Jones first served as a head coach at Army, just a few short years after Daly stepped aside, from 1926-1929, turning in a four-year record of 30-8-2 as the leader of the Cadets. His next head coaching position was at LSU from 1932-1934, and in his second season there, he lead the Tigers to an undefeated finish at 7-0-3.
His next stop came at Norman, Oklahoma, where he led the Oklahoma Sooners for two years in 1935 and 1936 before leaving town on the heels of a 3-3-3 season to take over at Nebraska. In Lincoln, he replaced a legend taking over for Dana X. Bible who had resigned as coach of the Cornhuskers to take over the Texas Longhorns. Jones would coach the ‘Huskers for five years before World War II ended his coaching career when he was recalled to active duty.
Griffin was an immediate impact player for the Bears in 2008 playing as a true freshman earning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors. After suffering a knee injury in the third game of the 2009 season, Griffin was granted a medical redshirt and returned in 2010 to lead the Bears to a 7-6 finish as a redshirt sophomore. Then in the opening game of the 2011 season, Griffin led the Bears to an upset over No. 15 TCU in a wild 50-48 shootout in which the junior phenom threw five touchdown passes. He immediately jumped into the Heisman conversation and ultimately went on to win the award, the first Baylor Bear to do so.
He was then selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft. After earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors that fall, Griffin has mostly failed to meet expectations and, as of last season, had lost the starting job to Kirk Cousins.
Pro Football Hall of Fame member Tom Landry passed away on this date in 2000 at the age of 75.
Landry was the long-time head coach of the Dallas Cowboys leading the program from its first season in 1960 through the 1988 season when he was unceremoniously dumped by new owner Jerry Jones. To this date, Landry is still the NFL’s third-leading coach in all-time wins with 250 despite having last coached nearly 30 years ago.
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