January 11: This Date in American Football History

Paddy Driscoll

Everyday RoadTripSports.com celebrates the past, present and future of American football including birthdays, deaths, and important games and events that have occurred in the past through our daily feature This Date in American Football History. Get to know the legends of American football – the sport’s greatest heroes including players and coaches, and relive some of the greatest plays and moments in the game’s history.

Then be sure to check out our Legends Library for historical profiles on the game’s greats or research your favorite schools or players in our databases for College Football Hall of Fame inductees, All-Americans and major award winners. Or take a moment to explore the various branches of the internet’s most complete coaching tree!

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1895 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1974 member Paddy Driscoll was born. Driscoll played halfback for Northwestern (1915-1916). After a short professional baseball career, he played professional football for the Hammond Pros then joined the NFL in its first season playing one game for the Decatur Staleys while leading the Chicago Cardinals as a player-coach the rest of the season. He continued as both a player and head coach through the end of the 1922 season when he turned over the coaching duties to teammate Arnie Horween. Driscoll continued his career with the Cardinals through the 1925 season when he was traded to the crosstown rival Chicago Bears where he played the final four seasons (1926-1929) of his career. Driscoll re-entered the coaching profession, and his next head coaching job came in the college ranks as the head coach at Marquette (1937-1940). Despite going just just 10-23-1 at Marquette, he would get one final opportunity as a head coach leading the Chicago Bears for two seasons (1956-1957) making him one of the rare individuals to have coached and played for not just one, but two teams counting his stint as a player coach for the Cardinals.

1941 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1971 member Bob Torrey died. Torrey played center for Penn (1902-1905).

Games, Plays and Events

2016 – In the second College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide took on the No. 2 Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. In a game that featured five lead changes early on, the Crimson Tide used three touchdowns from Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry and two more from tight end O.J. Howard to forge a double-digit lead in the final period eventually making it stand for a 45-40 win.


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