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Glenn Dobbs Jr Jul 12, 1920 - Nov 12, 2002
Rewritten & posted by Jo Aguirre
A memorial service for Glenn Dobbs was held at 10 a.m. Monday, November
16, 2002 at the Reynolds Center on the TU campus. Current TU players
wore a "45" decal on helmets during the Saturday home finale against
San Jose State.
was born July 12, 1920, in McKinney, Texas and
Tuesday night, November 12, 2002 at his home at the age of 82.
moved to Frederick at an early age and his dad became the town
Glenn was married to June Manchester Dobbs on January 16, 1942 and
she survives him.
In 1942, he was a consensus All-American and directed the Hurricane
to a 10-0 regular season before a 14-7 loss to Tennessee in the
Dobbs was selected as the third pick of the National Football League
draft by the Chicago Cardinals. After failing to negotiate a contact
with the team, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces.
During World War II, Dobbs was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base
where he played for the Randolph Field Rambers. Dobbs played in the
1944 Cotton Bowel where they held the Texas Longhorns to a 7-7 tie.
At the end of his military service, Dobbs signed with the Brooklyn
Dodgers of the All-America Football Conference for the 1946 and 1947
Dobbs was a
triple-threat single wing tailback who was Tulsa's first consensus
All-American in 1942. He later served as TU athletic director from
1955 through 1970 and coached the Golden Hurricane from 1961 through
Dobbs was inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Oklahoma Sports Hall
of Fame in 1988.
played in two College All-Star football games in Chicago, being
named most valuable player in 1944. As a pro, he played for the
Brooklyn Dodgers and Los Angeles Dons in the American Football
Conference and Saskatchewan in the Canadian League. He was rookie of
the Year in both circuits and MVP in the AFC.
The 1964 Hurricane, with Jerry Rhome passing for 2,870 yards, scored
398 points and won nine of 11 games, including a 14-7 victory over
Mississippi in the Bluebonnet Bowl. The 1965 Hurricane, with Bill
Anderson hurling for 3,464 yards, finished 8-3 following a 27-6 loss
to Tennessee in the Bluebonnet clash.
he left the Tulsa athletic directorship in 1970,
served two years as director of special development. In that job and
as athletic director, he was credited with raising $3.5 million to
expand Skelly Stadium to 40,000 seats and build a new gym and
After leaving the Tulsa athletic directorship in 1970, he served two years as
director of special development. In that job and as athletic
director, he was credited with raising $3.5 million to expand Skelly Stadium to 40,000 seats and build a new gym and athletic
dormitory. He resigned in 1971 and was public relations
director of an auto corporation in Tampa, Fla., before becoming
general manager of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team from 1977
In addition to his wife, he is survived by their two sons Glenn
Dobbs lll and John Dobbs.
Glenn Dobbs, Jr. was a professional
American football player in the
All-America Football Conference (AAFC). A
punter, Dobbs was named the AAFC's MVP in 1946.
After sitting out the 1950 season with a knee
injury, Dobbs was persuaded to come out of
retirement to play with the
Saskatchewan Roughriders of the
Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU),
forerunner of the
Canadian Football League (CFL). In 1951 Dobbs
was named the Most Valuable Player of the WIFU.
college football at the
University of Tulsa, where he was later head
football coach from 1961 to 1968 and
athletic director from 1955 to 1970.
inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame as a player in
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