John Beckett (American football)

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John Beckett
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Biographical details
Born (1892-01-05)January 5, 1892
Eightmile, Oregon
Died July 26, 1981(1981-07-26) (aged 89)
La Jolla, California
Playing career
Mare Island
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1921–1924 Quantico Marines
Head coaching record
Overall 56–19–3
Accomplishments and honors
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1972 (profile)

John Wesley "Jack" Beckett (January 5, 1892 – July 26, 1981) was an American football tackle who played for the University of Oregon and Mare Island.

Early life[edit]

Born in rural northeastern Oregon, Beckett attended Eugene High School in Eugene before enrolling at the University of Oregon.[1]

University of Oregon[edit]

Although primarily used as an offensive tackle, Beckett excelled at several positions, occasionally playing halfback and punter.[1] Beckett was the team captain in his senior year of 1916 and was named to the all-Pacific Coast Conference team.[1][2] He led the team to an undefeated record and tie for the conference championship with the University of Washington. Oregon was chosen to represent the conference in the 1917 Rose Bowl where they defeated Pennsylvania 14-0, with Beckett named the game's most valuable player.[1][3] Beckett stood 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighed 191 pounds.

U.S. Marine Corps service[edit]

With the United States' entry in World War I, Beckett joined the Marines in his senior year, and was assigned to the Marine base at Mare Island, California.[1] He joined the Mare Island football team, coached by Beckett's Oregon coach Hugo Bezdek, and was selected as team captain.[1] With the U.S. at war, the 1918 Rose Bowl featured two service teams: Beckett's Mare Island team and the U.S. Army's Camp Lewis team, with Mare Island winning 19-7. Beckett is the only person to have been the captain of two different Rose Bowl teams.[1]

Beckett served 50 years in the Marines, coaching Marine teams at Mare Island, Quantico, and San Diego, amassing an overall coaching record of 56-19-3.[1] He achieved a final the rank of brigadier general.[1]

Professional career[edit]

He also spent two seasons in the National Football League with the Buffalo All-Americans and Columbus Panhandles.[4][5]


Beckett was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972, and was a charter member of both the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992,[3] and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.[6] He died in La Jolla, California in 1981.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "John "Jack" Beckett". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  2. ^ "All-Pacific Coast Conference Selections". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  3. ^ a b "John Beckett". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  4. ^ "JACK BECKETT". Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jack Beckett". Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 

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