Henry D. Phillips
Phillips while playing for Sewanee
|Date of birth||January 16, 1882|
|Place of birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Date of death||June 29, 1955(aged 73)|
|Place of death||Boone, North Carolina|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|College Football Hall of Fame (1959)|
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Henry D. Phillips
|Bishop of Southwestern Virginia|
|Church||The Episcopal Church|
|Predecessor||Robert Carter Jett|
|Successor||William H. Marmion|
January 16, 1882|
|Died||June 29, 1955
Boone, North Carolina
|Occupation||Previously college footballer|
|Alma mater||Sewanee: The University of the South|
Henry Disbrow Phillips (January 16, 1882 – June 29, 1955) was an American Episcopal bishop (1938–1955) and college American football player and coach (1900–1909). Sportswriter Fuzzy Woodruff called him "the greatest football player who ever sank cleated shoes into a chalk line south of the Mason-Dixon line."
Phillips was twice selected All-Southern as a guard and captain of the 1902 Sewanee Tigers football team. On the dedication of Harris Stadium, one writer noted "The University of the South has numbered among its athletes some of the greatest. Anyone who played against giant Henry Phillips in 1901-1903 felt that he was nothing less than the best as guard and fullback." A description of his play by John de Saulles included "His weakness has always, and only, been that of Southern players generally – defense. Phillips was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and is a member of the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame. He was nominated though not selected for an Associated Press All-Time Southeast 1869-1919 era team.
He was also president of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) from 1919 to 1922.
- Woodruff 1928, p. 104
- "National and Southern Honors". Sewanee Football Media Guide: 31. 2011.
- "Sadler Is Made Captain of All-Southern Team". Atlanta Constitution. November 29, 1903.
- "Stadium Has Harris Name" (PDF). The Sewanee Purple. November 6, 1957.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association Foot Ball Rules. p. 155.
- "U-T Greats On All-Time Southeast Team". Kingsport Post. July 31, 1969.
- Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928.