Glenn Davis (halfback)

Glenn Woodward Davis (December 26, 1924 – March 9, 2005) was a professional American football player for the Los Angeles Rams. He is best known for his college football career for the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1943 to 1946, where he was known as "Mr. Outside." He was named a consensus All-American three times, and in 1946 won the Heisman Trophy and was named Sporting News Player of the Year and Associated Press Athlete of the Year.

Glenn Davis
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Davis' 1947 West Point yearbook photo
No. 41
Position:Halfback
Personal information
Born:December 26, 1924
Claremont, California
Died:March 9, 2005 (aged 80)
La Quinta, California
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Bonita (CA)
College:Army
NFL Draft:1947 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards:152–616
Receptions-yards:50–682
Touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life

Davis was born and raised in Southern California, the son of a bank manager. Glenn and his twin brother Ralph played high school football at Bonita High School in La Verne, California.[1][2] In 1942, Davis led the Bearcats to an 11–0 record and the school's first-ever football championship, earning the Southern Section Player of the Year award.[3] In 1989, Bonita High's stadium was dedicated in his name. The brothers were close and had originally planned to attend USC in Los Angeles, but when their U.S. Representative agreed to sponsor them with appointments to West Point, they decided to go there.

College football career

At West Point, under coach Earl Blaik, Davis played fullback in his freshman season. Blaik moved him to halfback for his three varsity seasons, while Doc Blanchard took over at fullback. With Davis and Blanchard, Army went 27–0–1 in 1944, 1945, and 1946. Davis was nicknamed "Mr. Outside", while Blanchard was "Mr. Inside".

Davis averaged 8.3 yards per carry over his career and 11.5 yards per carry in 1945; both results are records which still stand today. Davis led the nation in 1944 with 120 points. He scored 59 touchdowns, including eight on his freshman squad, in his career. His single-season mark of 20 touchdowns stood as a record for 10 years.

Blanchard and he set a then-record 97 career touchdowns by two teammates. (The record was broken by USC backs Reggie Bush and LenDale White, who had 99 career touchdowns.) In 2007, Davis was ranked #13 on ESPN's list of Top 25 Players in College Football History.

For all three varsity years at West Point, Davis was a "consensus" All-America player (that is, selected by all the different groups picking All-America teams). In 1944, he won the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Trophy, and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. In 1945, he was again runner-up for the Heisman (won by his teammate Blanchard). In 1946, he won the Heisman and was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. In 1961, Davis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Davis also starred in baseball, basketball, and track at West Point.[4]

After West Point

Davis graduated from West Point in June 1947 and entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He was offered a contract and $75,000 signing bonus by the Brooklyn Dodgers, but declined, as he was required to serve in the Army and would be a relatively old rookie after that.[5]

In spite of Davis' service obligation, the Detroit Lions of the National Football League selected Davis with the second overall pick of the 1947 NFL Draft, held in December 1946.[6] In September 1947, the Los Angeles Rams acquired the rights to Davis from the Lions.[7] He applied to resign his commission in December, but was refused by the Secretary of the Army Kenneth Royall.[8][9]

Davis was also denied extended furloughs or other accommodations that might allow him to play football while serving in the Army. There was public feeling that after the expense of his West Point education, he should not just go off to play football.

Davis (and Blanchard) did earn $25,000 each by appearing in the low-budget movie Spirit of West Point (about their football careers). Davis tore a ligament in his right knee during filming.[10]

Davis served three years in the Army. While on leave in 1948, he attended the Rams training camp and played in a preseason game.[11][12][13] He then reported for duty in Korea (this was before the Korean War, which began after he returned to the U.S.).

Glenn Davis 1950 Bowman
Davis depicted with the Rams in 1950

Professional football career

Davis' service obligation ended in 1950, and he finally joined the Rams for their 1950 season.[14]

Despite his knee injury, Davis was an effective player, and was even named to the 1950 Pro Bowl, but in 1951, he injured his knee again.[4] He was out for the 1952 season.[15] In September 1953, the Rams released him, ending his professional career.[16]

Post-football life

Davis moved to Texas to work in the oil industry, but returned to California a few years later. He became special events director for the Los Angeles Times, organizing and directing the newspaper's charity fundraising events. He held this job until his retirement in 1987.[4][17] The Times gives the annual Glenn Davis Award in his honor (not to be confused with the Glenn Davis Army Award).

Personal life

Davis was married three times. In 1948, he dated actress Elizabeth Taylor.[18] From 1951 to 1952 he was briefly married to film actress Terry Moore.[19][20][21]

In 1953, Davis married Ellen Slack; they were married for 42 years, until her death in 1995. They had one son, Ralph.

In 1996, Davis married Yvonne Ameche, widow of NFL star and fellow Heisman Trophy Winner Alan Ameche. Davis was survived by his wife Yvonne, his son, Ralph, and a stepson, John Slack III.[17]

Death

Davis died of prostate cancer at La Quinta, California, at age 80 on March 9, 2005.[4][17][22] He is interred in West Point Cemetery.

See also

References

  1. ^ Grayson, Harry (January 10, 1943). "Coast prep gridder most sought player". Pittsburgh Press. p. 3, section 2.
  2. ^ Grayson, Harry (August 18, 1943). "Army gets Southern Cal's finest prospect". Victoria (TX) Advocate. NEA. p. 7.
  3. ^ CIF Southern Section Record Book, pages 72 & 81
  4. ^ a b c d Kupper, Mike (March 10, 2005). "'Mr. Outside' dies at 80". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Los Angeles Times. p. 7C.
  5. ^ "Rickey has eye on Davis of Army". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. October 26, 1949. p. 12.
  6. ^ "Lions draft Glenn Davis on chance he will play". Milwaukee Journal. news services. December 17, 1947. p. 6, part 2.
  7. ^ "Rams get rights to Glenn Davis". Miami News. Associated Press. September 10, 1947. p. 3C.
  8. ^ "Army denies Glenn Davis his request". Milwaukee Journal. United Press. December 28, 1947. p. 1, part 3.
  9. ^ "Army denies plea by Davis to quit service for ranks of pro football". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. December 28, 1947. p. 3, sports.
  10. ^ "Glenn Davis sprains knee". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. August 14, 1947. p. 28.
  11. ^ "Glenn Davis in pro debut at LA tonight". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press. September 2, 1948. p. 18.
  12. ^ "Eagles nose out Lions; Redskins defeat Rams". Milwaukee Journal. September 3, 1948. p. 8, part 2.
  13. ^ "Glenn Davis appears in exhibition tonight". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. September 2, 1948. p. 8, part 2.
  14. ^ "Ex-cadet star to join Rams". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 24, 1950. p. 16.
  15. ^ "Knee injury sidelines Glenn Davis for season". St. Petersburg Times. July 21, 1952. p. 26.
  16. ^ "No job offered to Glenn Davis". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. September 18, 1953. p. 16.
  17. ^ a b c "College Football Hall of Famer Glenn Davis Dies at 80". College Football Hall of Fame. March 10, 2005. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
  18. ^ "Elizabeth Taylor: Photos from a legendary life". Time. November 15, 2012.
  19. ^ "Glenn Davis to marry on Friday". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. February 7, 1951. p. 2.
  20. ^ "Glen Davis weds actress Terry Moore". The Day. New London, CT. Associated Press. February 10, 1951. p. 12.
  21. ^ "Terry divorces Glenn Davis". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. April 16, 1952. p. 25.
  22. ^ "Glenn Davis, Heisman winner, dies from cancer". Free-Lance Star. Fredericksburg, VA. Associated Press. March 10, 2005. p. B4.

External links

1944 College Football All-America Team

The 1944 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 1944. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1944 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, (5) Football News, (6) the International News Service (INS), (7) Look magazine, (8) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and (9) the Sporting News.

Ohio State quarterback Les Horvath and Navy tackle Don Whitmire were the only players unanimously chosen as first-team player by all of the official selectors. Horvath won the 1944 Heisman Trophy as the Buckeyes turned in a 9–0 record and finished second in the national polls. Whitmire later served in Vietnam and held the rank of rear admiral.

Georgia Tech end Phil Tinsley received first-team honors from eight of the nine official selectors, and Army backfield duo of Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard each received seven first-team honors.

1945 College Football All-America Team

The 1945 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 1945. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1945 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, (5) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (6) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (7) the International News Service (INS), (8) Look magazine, (9) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and (10) the Sporting News.

1946 Army Cadets football team

The 1946 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1946 college football season. The Cadets were coached by Earl Blaik in his sixth year and finished the season undefeated with a record of nine wins, zero losses and one tie (9–0–1). The squad was also recognized as national champions for the 1946 season by several selectors. The Cadets outscored their opponents, 263 to 80.

This season's Notre Dame game at Yankee Stadium, a matchup of the top two in the rankings, is regarded as one of college football's Games of the Century; it was a scoreless tie.

1946 College Football All-America Team

The 1946 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 1946. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1946 season are (1) the All-America Board (AAB), (2) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), published by Look magazine, (3) the Associated Press (AP), (4) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (5) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (6) the International News Service (INS), (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) the Sporting News (SN), and (9) the United Press (UP).

1947 NFL Draft

The 1947 National Football League Draft was held on December 16, 1946, at the Commodore Hotel in New York City, New York.The National Football League in this draft made the first overall pick, a bonus pick determined by lottery. The Chicago Bears won the first lottery. This process was ended in 1958.

List of unanimous All-Americans in college football

The College Football All-America Team is an honorific college football all-star team compiled after each NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) season to recognize that season's most outstanding performers at their respective positions. There are several organizations that select their own All-America teams. Since 1924, the NCAA has designated selectors whose teams are used to determine "consensus" and "unanimous" All-Americans. Any player who is named to the first team by at least half the official selectors for a given season is recognized as being a consensus All-American. A player on the first team of every official selector is recognized as being a unanimous All-American. Since 2002, the five selectors designated by the NCAA for this purpose are the Associated Press (AP), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).Unanimous All-Americans are considered "elite, the cream of the crop from any particular season." Many are later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and many also go on to have successful professional football careers. From 1924 to 2000, 364 players were unanimous selections at least once. Thus, only a handful of players—if any—each season receive the honor. The first player to do so was Red Grange, star halfback for the Illinois Fighting Illini, who received first-team honors from all six major selectors in 1924.As of the end of 2018 Division I FBS season, Oklahoma has had the most unanimous All-America selections of any school, with 35, followed by Alabama and Notre Dame with 34 each. Eighty-four schools have had at least one unanimous All-America selection. The most recent All-America team, the 2018 team, consisted of eight unanimous selections.

Mr. Clutch

Mr. Clutch is the nickname of:

Francis Arnaiz (born 1951), Filipino basketball player

Glenn Davis (halfback) (1924–2005), American football player

Jalen Hurts (born 1998), American football player

Dante Lavelli (1923–2009), American football player

Pat Tabler (born 1958), American baseball player and sportscaster

Adam Vinatieri (born 1972), American football player

Jerry West (born 1938), American basketball player

Mr. Outside

Mr. Outside may refer to:

Mr. Outside, a nickname of Glenn Davis (halfback) (1924–2005), American football player

Mr. Outside, a nickname of Jerry West (born 1938), American basketball player

"Mr. Outside", a song by Bruce Springsteen on the 2015 album The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

Mr. Outside, a character in the anime series Eden of the East

West Point Cemetery

West Point Cemetery is a historic cemetery in the eastern United States, on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. It overlooks the Hudson River, and served as a burial ground for Revolutionary War soldiers and early West Point inhabitants long before 1817, when it was officially designated as a military cemetery.

Northwest of the cadet area, it was known as "German Flats" before its formal designation as the official cemetery in 1817. Until that time several small burial plots scattered in mid-post also served as places of interment. The graves from these plots and the remains subsequently found during building excavations were removed to the new site.

An improved road to the cemetery was constructed in 1840, and the caretaker's cottage was erected in 1872. The cemetery is home to several monuments, including the Dade Monument, Cadet Monument, Custer Monument, Wood's Monument, and Margaret Corbin Monument.

Glenn Davis—championships, awards, and honors

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