January 21: This Date in American Football History

Cornell - Gil Dobie
Gil Dobie

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.

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1879 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1951 charter member Gil Dobie was born. Dobie played end and quarterback for Minnesota (1900-1902). After college, Dobie moved into the coaching profession first serving as a head coach at North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) in 1906-1907. He then moved on to Washington (1908-1916), Navy (1917-1919), Cornell (1920-1935) and Boston College (1936-1938). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame after finishing his career with a record of 182-45-15.

1901 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1956 member Lynn Bomar was born. He played end and tackle for Vanderbilt (1921-1924). After college, he played two years in the early NFL for the New York Giants (1925-1926).

1925 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1963 member George “Moose” Connor was born. Connor played tackle for Notre Dame (1942-1943, 1946-1947). During his final season, Connor was selected as the first winner of the Outland Trophy as college football’s best interior lineman. After college, he was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 1946 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and ended up playing for the team for eight seasons (1948-1955). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

1950 – Consensus All-American Robert Gailey died. Gailey was named a Consensus All-American in 1896 while playing center for Princeton. After college, he was named the head coach of Washington Agricultural College and School of Science (now the Washington State Cougars), finishing 2-0 in his only two games as a head coach.

1965 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1970 member John Tigert died. Tigert played halfback for Vanderbilt (1901-1903). After college, he served as the head coach for Kentucky Wesleyan (1910) and Kentucky (1915-1916). Tigert was named the third president of the University of Florida in 1928 eventually serving 19 years in the role. While he was at Florida, Tigert helped with the founding of the Southeastern Conference and served two separate terms as the president of the SEC (1934-1936, 1945-1947).

1969 – Two-time College Football Hall of Fame inductee Bowden Wyatt died. Wyatt was first elected to the Hall of Fame as a player in 1972 after starring as an end for Tennessee (1936-1938). After college, Wyatt entered the coaching profession eventually taking over as the head coach at Wyoming (1947-1952) and Arkansas (1953-1954). Wyatt then returned to his alma mater leading Tennessee for eight years (1955-1962). Twenty-five years after his election to the Hall of Fame as a player, he was elected again – this time as a coach in 1997.

1989 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1954 member Morley Drury died. Drury played quarterback for USC (1925-1927).








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