John Adams (offensive lineman)

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John Adams
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Adams on a 1948 Bowman football card
No. 42
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1921-09-22)September 22, 1921
Place of birth: Charleston, Arkansas
Date of death: August 20, 1969(1969-08-20) (aged 47)
Place of death: Bethesda, Maryland
Career information
High school: Subiaco (AR)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1945 / Round: 3 / Pick: 23
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 55
Games started: 26
Fumble recoveries: 5
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

John William "Tree" Adams (September 22, 1921 – August 20, 1969) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins[1] from 1945 to 1949. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame.

Early life[edit]

Adams was born in Charleston, Arkansas as one of ten children.[2] He was considered normal size until he was 10, but then experienced a growth spurt during which he "shot up like a tree".[2] He attended Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Arkansas, where he played high school football and basketball.

College career[edit]

Adams played college football at the University of Notre Dame from 1942-1944. In 1943, he was the backup for Ziggy Czarobski on the 1943 championship team and then became the starting tackle in 1944.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Adams was selected in the third round of the 1945 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.


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  2. ^ a b c The Notre Dame Football Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to America's Favorite College Team. New York: Citadel Press. 2001. p. 3. ISBN 0-8065-2108-2. 

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