January 23: This Date in American Football History

Morley Jennings
Morley Jennings

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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1890 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1973 member Morley Jennings was born. Jennings played college football for Mississippi State (1910-1911). After college, he immediately moved into the coaching profession taking over the head coach position at Ouachita Baptist (1912-1925). He then assumed the head coach position at Baylor where he spent the final 15 seasons of his career (1926-1940).

1936 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1951 charter member Dan McGugin died. McGugin played guard and tackle for Drake (1898-1900) before graduating and moving on to law school at the University of Michigan. He played guard for the Wolverines (1901-1902) for two more years before moving into the coaching position as an assistant at Michigan for one year (1903). He then headed south and took over as the head coach at Vanderbilt for 14 seasons (1904-1917). After one year off, he then reassumed his position at Vanderbilt for another 16 seasons (1919-1934) before retiring for good.

1963 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1962 member Benny Boynton died. Boynton played quarterback for Williams (1917, 1919-1920). After college, he played for two NFL teams during the 1921 season as both the Rochester Jeffersons and the Washington Senators benefitted from his talents. He also spent one game that season with the independent Holmesburg Athletic Club of Philadelphia. He continued his professional career the following season (1922) playing again for the Jeffersons before spending one season (1923) with the independent Pottsville Maroons before they joined the NFL. He then returned to the NFL for one final season (1924) with the Buffalo Bisons.




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