Beattie Feathers

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Beattie Feathers
Beattie Feathers 1932.png
Feathers from 1933 Volunteer
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1909-08-20)August 20, 1909
Bristol, Virginia
Died March 11, 1979(1979-03-11) (aged 69)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Playing career
Football
1931–1933
1934–1937
1938–1939
1940

Basketball
1931–1932

Tennessee
Chicago Bears
Brooklyn Dodgers
Green Bay Packers


Tennessee
Position(s) Halfback (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1942
1944–1951
1954–1960
1961–1977

Baseball
1945
1954–1960
1972–1975

Appalachian State
NC State
Texas Tech (assistant)
Wake Forest (assistant)


NC State
Texas Tech
Wake Forest
Head coaching record
Overall 42–40–4 (football)
79–135–1 (baseball)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 Southern (1932)
Awards
NFL 1930s All-Decade Team
All-Southern (1932)
SEC MVP (1933)
All-American (1933)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1955 (profile)

William Beattie "Big Chief" Feathers (August 20, 1909 – March 11, 1979) was an American football running back in the NFL. In college he played for the Tennessee Volunteers. 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. Feathers was selected as the would-be Heisman winner for the 1933 season.[1]

He played for the Chicago Bears, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Green Bay Packers during his seven-year career. He was the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in one season (1934), where he gained 1,004 yards.[2] He holds the NFL single season record for most yards per carry when he averaged 8.44 yards per attempt that same year (minimum 100 carries). He attended Virginia High School in Bristol, and led the school to its first state championship as team captain before going on to the University of Tennessee.

After his career in the NFL, Feathers went on to coach football at Appalachian State and North Carolina State. He also coached baseball at Texas Tech[3] and Wake Forest. In 1981, Feathers was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Beacom (2008-12-12). "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900-1934". Sports Illustrated. 
  2. ^ "Infographic: NFL on Wednesday". Profootballhof.com. 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Texas Tech Official Athletic Site: 2008 Baseball Media Guide". Texastech.cstv.com. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 

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