Beattie Feathers

William Beattie "Big Chief" Feathers (August 20, 1909 – March 11, 1979) was an American football player and coach of football and baseball. He played college football and college basketball at the University of Tennessee.

Beattie Feathers
Beattie Feathers 1932
Feathers from 1933 Volunteer
Biographical details
BornAugust 20, 1909
Bristol, Virginia
DiedMarch 11, 1979 (aged 69)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Playing career
1934–1937Chicago Bears
1938–1939Brooklyn Dodgers
1940Green Bay Packers
Position(s)Halfback (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1942Appalachian State
1944–1951NC State
1954–1960Texas Tech (assistant)
1961–1977Wake Forest (assistant)
1945NC State
1954–1960Texas Tech
1972–1975Wake Forest
Head coaching record
Overall42–40–4 (football)
79–135–1 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Southern (1932)
NFL 1930s All-Decade Team
All-Southern (1932)
All-SEC (1933)
SEC Player of the Year (1933)
All-American (1933)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1955 (profile)

College career

He starred as a halfback from 1931 to 1933 for the Tennessee Volunteers football team led by head coach Robert Neyland. Feathers was a consensus selection to the 1933 College Football All-America Team. In December 2008, Sports Illustrated undertook to identify the individuals who would have been awarded the Heisman Trophy in college football's early years, before the trophy was established in 1935. Feathers was selected as the would-be Heisman winner for the 1933 season.[1]

NFL career

Feathers played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) with the Chicago Bears, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Green Bay Packers from 1934 to 1940. In his rookie season of 1934 he became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in one season.[2] His average of 8.44 yards per attempt that same year remains an NFL record (minimum 100 carries). As of 2019, his 91.3 yards / game is also a Bears rookie franchise record. Feathers is one of ten players named to the National Football League 1930s All-Decade Team who have not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

After his career in the NFL, Feathers coached college football and college baseball. He served as the head football coach at Appalachian State Teachers College—now known as Appalachian State University—in 1942 and at North Carolina State University from 1944 to 1951, compiling a career college football coaching record of 42–40–4. Feathers was the head baseball coach at NC State in 1945, at Texas Tech University from 1954 to 1960,[3] and at Wake Forest University from 1972 to 1975, tallying a career college baseball coaching mark of 79–135–1.

Feathers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1955. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. He stood 5'10" and 180 pounds.

Early life

Feathers attended Virginia High School, in Bristol, Virginia, and led the school to its first state championship as team captain before going on to the University of Tennessee.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Appalachian State Mountaineers (North State Conference) (1942)
1942 Appalachian State 5–2–1 2–2 3rd
Appalachian State: 5–2–1 2–2
NC State Wolfpack (Southern Conference) (1944–1951)
1944 NC State 7–2 3–1 T–3rd
1945 NC State 3–6 2–4 8th
1946 NC State 8–3 6–1 3rd L Gator 18
1947 NC State 5–3–1 3–2–1 T–6th 17
1948 NC State 3–6–1 1–4–1 14th
1949 NC State 3–7 3–6 13th
1950 NC State 5–4–1 4–4–1 T–9th
1951 NC State 3–7 2–6 T–12th
NC State: 37–38–3 24–28–3
Total: 42–40–4

See also


  1. ^ Mike Beacom (December 12, 2008). "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900–1934". Sports Illustrated.
  2. ^ "Infographic: NFL on Wednesday". February 7, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Texas Tech Official Athletic Site: 2008 Baseball Media Guide". Archived from the original on October 29, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2012.

External links

1932 College Football All-Southern Team

The 1932 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations for the 1932 Southern Conference football season. Tennessee won the Southern championship.

1932 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1932 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1932 Southern Conference football season. Playing as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon), the team was led by head coach Robert Neyland, in his seventh year, and played their home games at Shields–Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The 1932 Vols won nine, lost zero and tied one game (9–0–1 overall, 7–0–1 in the SoCon) and were Southern Conference champions. It was their last year in the conference before moving to the newly formed Southeastern Conference. The team was led by its backfield with Deke Brackett and Beattie Feathers.

1933 All-SEC football team

The 1933 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1933 college football season. This was the inaugural SEC season; the All-SEC teams now taking precedence over the All-Southern team. The Associated Press (AP) All-SEC teams are the only ones which become a part of official conference records. The Alabama Crimson Tide won the conference, the only blemish on its conference record a scoreless tie with the Ole Miss Rebels. Tennessee halfback Beattie Feathers was voted SEC Player of the Year.

1933 College Football All-America Team

The 1933 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1933. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1933 season are (1) the All-America Board, (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (4) the International News Service (INS), (5) Liberty magazine, (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (7) the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), and the United Press (UP). The only unanimous selections were center Chuck Bernard of Michigan and quarterback Cotton Warburton of USC.

1934 All-Pro Team

The 1934 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1934 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB) based on the composite view of the coaches of 10 NFL teams and a half dozen NFL officials, Collyer's Eye (CE), and the Chicago Daily News (CDN).Players displayed in bold were consensus first-team selections. Five players were selected as first-team All-Pro players by all five selectors: Detroit Lions quarterback Dutch Clark; Chicago Bears halfback Beattie Feathers; Chicago Bears fullback Bronko Nagurski; Chicago Bears end Bill Hewitt; and New York Giants center Mel Hein.

1934 Chicago Bears season

The 1934 Chicago Bears season was the team's 15th regular season and 3rd postseason completed in the National Football League. The club posted an unprecedented 13–0 record in the second year of George Halas's second tenure.

The season began with startling success, as the Bears reeled off nine straight wins in which they scored 20 or more points each game while allowing more than 7 points only twice. The last four wins were more difficult, including a tough win over the Giants in New York and back-to-back home-and-away close victories over the Detroit Lions in that franchise's first year in Detroit. The Bears outscored opponents 286–86, and became the first team to go unbeaten and untied in the NFL's regular season.

The Bears won the NFL Western Division title for the second straight year and met the NFL Eastern Division champion New York Giants once again in the NFL Championship game. The Bears were denied perfection as the Giants went on to win what would become known as the "Sneakers Game".

1947 Gator Bowl

The 1947 Gator Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the NC State Wolfpack.

1947 NC State Wolfpack football team

The 1947 NC State Wolfpack football team was an American football team that represented North Carolina State University as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon) during the 1947 college football season. In its fourth season under head coach Beattie Feathers, the team compiled a 5–3–1 record (3–2–1 against SoCon opponents), outscored opponents by a total of 92 to 57, and was ranked No. 17 in the final AP Poll.

1950 NC State Wolfpack football team

The 1950 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1950 college football season. The Wolfpack were led by seventh-year head coach Beattie Feathers and played their home games at Riddick Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. They competed as members of the Southern Conference.

1951 NC State Wolfpack football team

The 1951 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1951 college football season. The Wolfpack were led by eighth-year head coach Beattie Feathers and played their home games at Riddick Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. They competed as members of the Southern Conference, finishing with a conference record of 2–6, and a 3–7 record overall. Feathers was fired as head coach at the conclusion of the season. He had a record of 37–38–3 at NC State.

Deke Brackett

Herbert Benjamin "Deke" Brackett (January 2, 1911 – November 14, 1970) was an American football player and coach.

Brackett played quarterback at the University of Tennessee from 1931 to 1933. He played in the same backfield as halfback Beattie Feathers, future College Football Hall of Famer and NFL All-Decade Team member. After graduating, Brackett remained at Tennessee as an assistant. After stints at The Citadel and Hampden-Sydney, he returned to Tennessee as an assistant to new head coach John Barnhill. Brackett followed Barnhill to Arkansas in 1946. Following Barnhill's resignation after the 1949 season, Brackett moved to UCLA where he was the Bruins' backfield coach until 1962.

Brackett returned to coaching as an assistant with the Orlando Panthers of the Continental Football League. He returned to college football in 1968 when his head coach with the Panthers, Perry Moss hired him to work on his staff at Marshall University.

Brackett died in the 1970 plane crash that killed most of the Marshall football team and coaching staff and several team boosters. Brackett was supposed to go on a recruiting trip with fellow assistant William "Red" Dawson, however graduate assistant Gail Parker gave Brackett his seat and went on the recruiting trip instead.

Edward L. Greene

For the botanist see Edward Lee Greene.

Edward Lawrence Greene (March 29, 1884 – September 27, 1952), was an American football player and coach of football and baseball.

List of Appalachian State Mountaineers head football coaches

This is a complete list of Appalachian State Mountaineers head football coaches. Fielding its first organized football team in 1928, the Appalachian State Mountaineers have had 20 coaches. Flucie Stewart and E. C. Duggins have each served twice as head coach of the Mountaineers. Jerry Moore is the only three-time winner of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach of the Year award. Moore also has the most Southern Conference Coach of the Year awards with seven. Scott Satterfield was named as Appalachian's 20th head coach on December 14, 2012.

List of NCAA major college football yearly rushing leaders

The list of college football yearly rushing leaders identifies the major college rushing leaders for each season from 1937 to the present. It includes yearly leaders in three statistical categories: (1) rushing yardage; (2) yards per carry; and (3) rushing touchdowns.

List of Tennessee Volunteers starting quarterbacks

This is a list of notable Tennessee. Titans Volunteers football team quarterbacks and the years they participated on the Tennessee Volunteers football team.

List of Texas Tech Red Raiders head baseball coaches

The Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team is a collegiate baseball program representing Texas Tech University. The team competes in the Big 12 Conference, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletic conference. The program has had 9 head coaches since it began play during the 1926 season.

In 1929, after only four seasons, the program was cut due to a lack of interest in college baseball. In 1953, Texas Tech head football coach and athletic director DeWitt Weaver suggested the program be revived to strengthen the athletic department as part of a push for Southwest Conference (SWC) membership. The following year, Beattie Feathers was hired to field the first Texas Tech baseball team in 26 years. Since the 2013 season, Texas Tech alumnus Tim Tadlock has served as the Red Raiders' head coach.

Hays and Tadlock are the only Texas Tech head coaches to lead the Red Raiders to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Tadlock is the only head coach to have won a NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional, and lead the Red Raiders to the College World Series. Hays is the only head coach win a conference championship, and a conference tournament championship.

Freeland, the first head coach, has the highest winning percentage of any Texas Tech baseball head coach with a 15–11 record (.673). Hays is the all-time leader in games coached (1295), total wins (479), total losses (479), total ties (3), conference wins (278), conference losses (271), and conference winning percentage (.506%). Hays received conference coach of the year accolades, being named the SWC Coach of the Year in 1995, and Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1997. In 2014, the College Baseball Foundation named Tadlock as the recipient of the Skip Bertman Award, given to the national coach of the year at any level in collegiate baseball.

Tal Stafford

Talmage Holt "Tal" Stafford was an American football and baseball player, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at North Carolina State University in 1918, compiling a record of 1–3. Stafford was also head basketball coach at NC State that same academic year, 1918–19, tallying a mark of 11–3, and the baseball coach at the school in the spring of 1919, amassing a record of 12–11.

Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball

The Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team represents Texas Tech University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team competes in the Big 12 Conference and plays at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Their head coach is Tim Tadlock and he is in his 5th season with the Red Raiders.

Tom Hanson (American football)

Thomas Tucker "Swede" Hanson (November 10, 1907 – August 5, 1970) was an American football halfback in the National Football League mainly for the Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he caught the first touchdown in franchise history. He played college football at Temple University.

Born and raised in the Navesink section of Middletown Township, New Jersey, Hanson attended Leonardo High School (which currently is known as Middletown High School North), where he started playing varsity level high school athletics while he was in the seventh grade; he would also play both baseball and basketball in high school. As a sophomore in the 1925 season, Hanson led Leonardo High School to the school's first state championship, finishing the regular season with an 8-0 record, until they lost the postseason Class B playoff championship game by a score of 20-0 played in front of 3,000 fans at Rutgers University against a Rahway High School team that had been undefeated for three consecutive seasons. As a junior in 1926, Hanson was part of the Leonardo team that won its second consecutive state title, with wins that included a 40-0 victory against Rahway that ended the school's win streak.At Temple University, Hanson scored the winning touchdown on a 76-yard punt return to lead the team to a 7-6 victory against heavily favored Bucknell College, tackling future Hall-of-Famer Clarke Hinkle late in the game to preserve the win. Hanson scored 80 points as a running back for the Owls during the 1927 season, including four touchdowns and four extra points he scored in a single game that Temple won by a score of 110-0 against Blue Ridge College; Temple led Blue Ridge by a score of 78-0 at halftime and loaned three players to the losing side during the second half, when quarters were shortened to five minutes. Hanson also competed in intercollegiate boxing at Temple.Hanson went professional in 1931, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, before moving over to the Staten Island Stapletons for the next season. Bert Bell took over the bankrupt Stapletons and relocated the franchise to Philadelphia in 1933. On October 29, 1933, Hanson scored the first touchdown in Eagles franchise history in Green Bay against the Packers on a 35-yard pass from Roger Randolph "Red" Kirkman. Hanson led the Eagles in rushing during the 1933-1936 seasons and finished second in the league in 1934 to Beattie Feathers. Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1938, he was a teammate of Byron White, who woul later serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.After leaving football, he worked as a mechanic at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Hanson died in Philadelphia at the age of 62 at Einstein Medical Center and was survived by his wife, Delores.

Beattie Feathers—awards and honors

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