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Davey O'Brien's last football game 1940
Published: 2011/04/03
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America's Game - 1938 TCU Horned Frogs National Champions - Davey O'Brien - Ki Aldrich
Published: 2012/08/17
Channel: Rusty Brewer
Davey O
Davey O'Brien at 100
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Davey O'Brien Foundation
2015 Davey O
2015 Davey O'Brien Award Presentation
Published: 2016/03/19
Channel: Sop Ibaga
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Davey O'Brien Award Winner - Johnny Manziel
Published: 2012/12/07
Channel: Texas A&M Athletics
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Dabo at Davey O'Brien awards dinner in Ft Worth on 2/21/17
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: John Lang
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson discusses winning the Davey O
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson discusses winning the Davey O'Brien Award
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: The State Newspaper
Deshaun Watson, the Davey O
Deshaun Watson, the Davey O'Brien Award winner, discusses preparations for the 2017 NFL Draft
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: startelegramvideo
Davey O
Davey O'Brien
Published: 2013/04/26
Channel: SelmaWorlds
James O
James O'Brien v Ed Davey on Newsnight
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: andyfree64
2012 Awards Dinner - Davey O
2012 Awards Dinner - Davey O'Brien
Published: 2012/03/12
Channel: OBrienFoundation1977
Buechele named to Davey O
Buechele named to Davey O'brien watch list
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: KCENTV
Davey O
Davey O'Brien Winner Can't Have His Rolex, Yet
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: startelegramvideo
Duffy Power - Davy O
Duffy Power - Davy O'Brien
Published: 2009/12/14
Channel: blissteria
2011 Award Events - Davey O
2011 Award Events - Davey O'Brien
Published: 2012/03/14
Channel: OBrienFoundation1977
Davey O
Davey O'Brien Scholarship Winner No Moron
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: startelegramvideo
Brad Banks Wins Davey O
Brad Banks Wins Davey O'Brian Award (2002)
Published: 2010/01/22
Channel: kirkferentzrocks
Baylor Football: RG3 Named Davey O
Baylor Football: RG3 Named Davey O'Brien Finalist
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: BaylorAthletics
Deshaun Watson on winning Davey O
Deshaun Watson on winning Davey O'Brien Award
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: OrangeandWhite.com
Vivian @Davey O
Vivian @Davey O'Brien Luncheon
Published: 2017/01/26
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Mallett Named To Davey O
Mallett Named To Davey O'Brien Watch List
Published: 2009/08/04
Channel: 40/29 News
TigerNet.com - Deshaun Watson talks Davey O
TigerNet.com - Deshaun Watson talks Davey O'Brien - Part 1
Published: 2015/12/11
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Davey - The Weekend (Official Music Video)
Davey - The Weekend (Official Music Video)
Published: 2016/04/01
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TigerNet.com - Deshaun Watson talks Davey O
TigerNet.com - Deshaun Watson talks Davey O'Brien - Part 2
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: Tigernetdotcom
Davey O
Davey O'Brien Award: UH's Case Keenum
Published: 2009/11/29
Channel: University of Houston
Winston
Winston's Biggest Competition For Davey O'Brien Award | CampusInsiders
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: Stadium
Deshaun Watson on winning the Davey O
Deshaun Watson on winning the Davey O'Brien Award
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: The State Newspaper
Robert Griffin III wins the Davey Obrien award
Robert Griffin III wins the Davey Obrien award
Published: 2012/06/07
Channel: TrueCoIors
Baylor Football: RG3 Wins Davey O
Baylor Football: RG3 Wins Davey O'Brien Award
Published: 2011/12/09
Channel: BaylorAthletics
FanVote for Case ~ 2009 Davey O
FanVote for Case ~ 2009 Davey O'Brien Award
Published: 2009/10/29
Channel: Geno S
Former Artesia QB Landry Jones Makes O
Former Artesia QB Landry Jones Makes O'Brien Watch list
Published: 2011/07/16
Channel: KRQE
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Davey O'Brien Award Watch List Announced | ACC Now
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: ACC Digital Network
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The Bill O'Brien Award
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Aerospace Maintenance Council
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Tyler Tettleton Davey O'Brien Watchlist
Published: 2013/07/19
Channel: OhioBobcatTV
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2010 O'Brien Awards - Jim Carr
Published: 2011/01/31
Channel: jporchak
Awards Candidate: Logan Woodside
Awards Candidate: Logan Woodside
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: utrockets
DeShaun Watson to Cowboys: Trade Dak and Romo, draft me
DeShaun Watson to Cowboys: Trade Dak and Romo, draft me
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: Game Changers
Florida State QB Winston wins Davey O
Florida State QB Winston wins Davey O'Brien Award
Published: 2013/12/13
Channel: ABC27HD
Auburns Cam Newton wins Davey O
Auburns Cam Newton wins Davey O'Brien Award an 2010 Heisman Trophy even with controversy
Published: 2010/12/10
Channel: hellraisers6
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O'Brien Quarterback Award
Published: 2008/08/20
Channel: footballguru77
Pittsburgh NFL League 2016 Nominees for the Davey O
Pittsburgh NFL League 2016 Nominees for the Davey O'Brien Award Winner
Published: 2017/01/02
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davey o :: 9th ward buffalo :: 07.26.16
Published: 2016/08/10
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Baker Mayfield reacts to making list of Davey O'Brien Finalists
Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: Joey Helmer
Everett Golson named to Davey O
Everett Golson named to Davey O'Brien watch list.
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: WANE NewsChannel 15
Clemson QB wins O
Clemson QB wins O'Brien Award
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: startelegramvideo
Cam Newton Wins O
Cam Newton Wins O'Brien, Maxwell Awards
Published: 2010/12/10
Channel: Associated Press
2010 O
2010 O'Brien Awards - Joe LaCova
Published: 2011/01/31
Channel: jporchak
Patrick O
Patrick O'Brien || Nebraska QB || High School (Junior) || Highlights
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: Tony
Standardbred Canada: 2006 O
Standardbred Canada: 2006 O'Brien Awards (part 1 of 6)
Published: 2007/02/05
Channel: jporchak
2016 O
2016 O'Brien Awards Video Recap
Published: 2017/02/10
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Davey O'Brien
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O'Brien in c. 1938.
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1917-06-22)June 22, 1917
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Date of death: November 18, 1977(1977-11-18) (aged 60)
Place of death: Fort Worth, Texas
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight: 151 lb (68 kg)
Career information
College: TCU
NFL Draft: 1939 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 11–34
Passing yards: 2,614
Passer rating: 41.8
Player stats at NFL.com

Robert David "Davey" O'Brien (June 22, 1917 – November 18, 1977) was an American football quarterback. He played college football at Texas Christian University (TCU) and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons.

In 1938, O'Brien won the Heisman Trophy[1] and the Maxwell Award,[2][dead link] and was the fourth overall pick of the 1939 NFL draft. O'Brien was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. Since 1981, the Davey O'Brien Award is given annually to the best quarterback in college football.

Early life[edit]

Born in Dallas, Texas, O'Brien played high school football at its Woodrow Wilson High School. He was an All-State selection and led the high school to the Texas state playoffs in 1932.[3]

College career[edit]

O'Brien played college football at nearby TCU in Fort Worth in 1935 as a backup for Sammy Baugh. He became the starter in 1937, and was named to the first-team All-Southwest Conference.[3]

In 1938, O'Brien threw for 1,457 yards — a Southwest Conference passing record that stood for ten years. He had only four interceptions in 194 attempts, and his NCAA record for most rushing and passing plays in a single season still stands today.[3][dead link] That season, he led the Horned Frogs to an undefeated season, as they outscored their opponents by a 269–60 margin and held nine of their ten regular-season opponents to seven points or less, including three shutouts.[3] TCU finished the season with a 15–7 victory over Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl and a national championship.[3] O’Brien was named to 13 All-America teams and became the first player to win the Heisman and Maxwell awards in the same year. He was the first Heisman winner from TCU and the Southwest Conference.[3] Off the field, he was also an honorary member Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Texas Gamma chapter. He majored in geology and expressed little interest in pro football in January 1939.[2][4]

Statistics[edit]

Year Comp Att Comp % Passing TD
1937 96 237 40.5 947 5
1938 93 166 56.0 1457 19

Professional career[edit]

O'Brien was the fourth overall pick of the 1939 NFL draft, held in December 1938. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles, and owner Bert Bell gave him a $12,000 bonus and a two-year contract, and he signed with the team in March.[5]

In his rookie season in the NFL in 1939, O'Brien led the league in passing with 1,324 yards in 11 games,[6] breaking his old TCU teammate Sammy Baugh's single season passing yardage record, but the Eagles finished at 1–9–1. After an appendectomy in late June,[7] he again led the league in several passing categories In 1940, including attempts and completions.[6][8] Philadelphia lost their first nine games and finished at 1–10, last in the ten-team league. The Eagles gave him a $2,000 raise, but he retired after the 1940 season.[3][9]

In his professional career, O'Brien completed 223 of 478 passes for 2,614 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also a defensive back and punter, intercepted four passes for 92 yards and punted nine times for an average of 40.7 yards per kick.[6]

Life after football[edit]

After two seasons with the Eagles, O'Brien retired from football to become an agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),[9] where he worked for ten years. After completing his training, he was assigned to the bureau’s field office in Springfield, Missouri. He was a firearms instructor at Quantico, Virginia, and spent the last five years of his FBI career in Dallas.[3] He resigned from the bureau in 1950 and went to work for H. L. Hunt in land development. O'Brien later entered the oil business, working for Dresser Atlas Industries of Dallas.[3] and was an adviser to Lamar Hunt during the founding of the American Football League.[10]

O'Brien was also president of the TCU Alumni Association, a YMCA board member, a chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, a supporter of Golden Gloves youth boxing programs, and a deacon of University Christian Church. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1956. From 1960 to 1964, he was the color commentator on Dallas Cowboys telecasts.

In 1971, O'Brien was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery to remove a kidney and part of his right lung, but eventually died from the disease on November 18, 1977.[3]

O'Brien's 1938, and Tim Brown's 1987, Heisman Trophy awards gave Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas the distinction of being the first to produce two Heisman winners.

In 1989, O'Brien (posthumously) and Brown were inducted together into Woodrow Wilson High School's newly created Hall of Fame in celebration of the school's 60th anniversary.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This proves Davey O'Brien is nation's best gridder". Milwaukee Journal. AP photo. December 7, 1938. p. 11, part 2. 
  2. ^ a b "Davey O'Brien to spurn pros". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 11, 1939. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Davey O'Brien bio". Daveyobrien.com. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Davey O'Brien wants no more football playing". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. January 11, 1939. p. 11. 
  5. ^ Turner, Leo (March 22, 1939). "Davey O'Brien is signed by Eagles". Berkeley Daily Gazette. California. United Press. p. 11. 
  6. ^ a b c "Pro Football History: Davey O'Brien". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  7. ^ "Davey O'Brien has appendix removed". Milwaukee Journal. June 29, 1940. p. 10, part 2. 
  8. ^ "Six pro grid records broken, one tied in 1940". Lewiston Daily Sun. Maine. Associated Press. December 3, 1940. p. 9. 
  9. ^ a b "Eagles win first game on "Davey O'Brien Day"". Gettysburg Times. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. November 29, 1940. p. 3. 
  10. ^ "Oilman backs new grid league". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. July 31, 1959. p. 3, part 2. 

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