Bob McWhorter

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Bob McWhorter
Bob McWhorter College Hall of Fame photo
Georgia Bulldogs – No. 36
Position Halfback
Class Graduate
Career history
Personal information
Born: (1891-06-04)June 4, 1891
Lexington, Georgia
Died: June 29, 1960(1960-06-29) (aged 69)
Athens, Georgia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame (1954)

Robert Ligon "Bob" McWhorter (June 4, 1891 – June 29, 1960) played football and baseball at the University of Georgia.

Early years[edit]

McWhorter attended Gordon Military College in Barnesville, Georgia.[1] He played football and baseball there under coach Alex Cunningham. Their baseball team came up to Georgia and won 11–0. Georgia athletic chairman Dr. S. V. Sanford hired Cunningham that same day, and McWhorter followed.

University of Georgia[edit]


As a halfback, he scored 61 touchdowns from 1910 to 1913. In 1913, McWhorter became UGA’s first All-American. He was the captain of both the baseball and football teams in his senior year. He was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, Phi Kappa Literary Society, and Phi Beta Kappa at Georgia. Sportswriter Dick Jemison said "When you mention football to an Athens fan its definition is Bob McWhorter, and vice-versa."[2]

During the First World War, McWhorter was captain of the 1917 Camp Gordon football team.


He made an all-time Georgia Bulldogs football team picked in 1935.[3] Bob McWhorter was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. He was inducted in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1964. McWhorter was chosen for an Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869–1919 era.[4]


Although he was offered a professional baseball contract, he instead chose to study law at the University of Virginia.


After becoming an attorney, he returned to Athens, Georgia to practice law. He was a four-term mayor of Athens (1940–1947) and a law professor at Georgia from 1923 to 1958. He died in the same town in which he was born, Athens, Georgia, on June 29, 1960, at the age of 69.


  1. ^ Books, Triumph (September 1, 2006). Echoes of Georgia Football: The Greatest Stories Ever Told. Triumph Books. ISBN 9781617490484. 
  2. ^ Patrick Garbin. "Bob McWhorter: "Everybody's All-American"". p. 6. 
  3. ^ George Trevor. "All-Time All-Star Team". Tulane University Football Program-The Greenie; Georgia vs. Tulane. 
  4. ^ "All-Time Football Team Lists Greats Of Past, Present". Gadsden Times. July 27, 1969. 

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