Glenn Davis (American football)

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Glenn Davis
"Mr. Outside"
Glenn Davis 1947 Howitzer Photo.jpg
Davis' 1947 West Point yearbook photo
No. 41
Personal information
Date of birth: (1924-12-26)December 26, 1924
Place of birth: Claremont, California
Date of death: March 9, 2005(2005-03-09) (aged 80)
Place of death: La Quinta, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Bonita (CA)
College: U.S. Military Academy
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Debuted in 1950
Last played in 1951
Career history
Career highlights and awards
1987 high school alma mater, Bonita High School, names football stadium after him - Glenn Davis Stadium
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards 152–616
Receptions-yards 50–682
Touchdowns 9
Stats at

Glenn Woodward Davis (December 26, 1924 – March 9, 2005) was an American football halfback famous in the 1940s. A graduate of the Class of 1947 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Under coach Earl Blaik, Davis teamed with Doc Blanchard to form a devastating pair of runners. With Davis and Blanchard, Army went 27-0-1 between 1944 and 1946.

Nicknamed "Mr. Outside", Davis won the Maxwell Award in 1944 and the Heisman Trophy in 1946. He was among the runners up in 1944 and 1945. Blanchard, his teammate, won the award in 1945. Davis was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1946, and captured the Walter Camp Trophy during his career.

Early life[edit]

Davis 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's stadium was dedicated in his name. The brothers were close and had originally planned to attend USC in Los Angeles, but when their Congressman agreed to sponsor both him and his brother with appointments to West Point they decided to play football there.

College career[edit]

As a collegian, Davis scored a then-record 59 touchdowns. He still holds the all-time record for most yards averaged per carry in a season, with 11.5 yards in 1945. Together with Blanchard, they set a then-record 97 career touchdowns by a pair of teammates. (The record was broken by University of Southern California backs Reggie Bush and LenDale White, who had 99 career touchdowns.) In 2007, Davis was ranked #13 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.

Davis was a unanimous three-time All-America halfback in football and also starred in baseball, basketball and track while at West Point. During his time at Army, the Cadets enjoyed three unbeaten seasons under Coach Blaik.

He averaged 8.3 yards per carry throughout his career and an astounding 11.5 yards per carry in 1945, both respective records that still stand today. Davis led the nation in 1944 with 120 points and 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.

Davis also played baseball and ran track at West Point.[4] and had the interest of major league baseball.[5]

Professional career[edit]

The Detroit Lions selected Davis with the second overall pick of the 1947 NFL Draft, held in December 1946.[6] He graduated from West Point in June 1947 and entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. In September, the Los Angeles Rams acquired the rights to Davis from the Lions.[7] He attempted to resign his commission in December, but the request was refused by the secretary of the army, Kenneth Royall.[8][9] Davis served three years in the army before joining the team in 1950.[10] While on leave, he was at training camp in 1948 and played in a pre-season game,[11][12] then reported for duty in Korea.[13] Recurring knee trouble ended his professional career;[4][14] he was sidelined in July 1952 and missed the season,[15] and was released by the Rams in September 1953.[16] Davis worked for the Los Angeles Times for three decades as special events director.[4][17] They annually award the Glenn Davis Award (not to be confused with the Glenn Davis Army Award).


Davis was married three times. In 1948 he dated actress Elizabeth Taylor.[18] From 1951 to 1952 he was married to actress Terry Moore.[19][20][21] At the time of his death, Davis was survived by his wife, Yvonne Ameche Davis, a son, Ralph, and a stepson, John Slack III.[17]


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


  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. ^ "Ex-cadet star to join Rams". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 24, 1950. p. 16. 
  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. ^ "Glenn Davis sprains knee". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. August 14, 1947. p. 28. 
  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. 2005-03-10. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  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. 

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