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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.
He was born July 12, 1920, in McKinney, Texas and  died Tuesday night, November 12, 2002  at his home at the age of 82.
His family  moved to Frederick at an early age and his dad became the town grocer.  
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 Sugar Bowl.  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 Season. 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 1968. Dobbs was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Dobbs 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.   After 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 athletic dormitory.
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 through 1979. 
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 skilled running back, quarterback, and 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. Dobbs played 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.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1980.


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