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Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Banks McFadden

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Banks McFadden played three sports at Clemson from 1937-1940. McFadden was an All-American in both football and basketball in the same calendar year (1939), which makes him the only Clemson athlete to accomplish that feat.

McFadden was named the nation's most versatile athlete for 1939-40 as he earned Clemson's first wire-service AP All-American recognition.

On the basketball court, McFadden led Clemson to the 1939 Southern Conference Tournament Championship, the only postseason tournament title in Clemson basketball history. The Tiger center was Clemson's top scorer each season and finished his career with a then Clemson record 810 points.

In track, McFadden won three events in the State Track Meet in one afternoon, setting state records in all three of them. Earlier in the same year he placed first in five events in a dual meet, scoring 25 points while the opposing team's total score was 28 points. His senior year he also pitched in one game for the Clemson baseball team.

On the gridiron, McFadden was a triple threat player, leading the Tigers to a 9-1 record and Clemson's first ever bowl bid. With McFadden batting down four passes in the second half, and averaging 44 yards on 11 punts, the Tigers defeated a Frank Leahy coached Boston College team, 6-3, in the 1940 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX.

McFadden was a record setter on the field as a runner, passer, and punter as he led the Tigers to the state championship in track twice in his three years on the team.

McFadden was elected to National Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Clemson in 1966. McFadden was a charter member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame and South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

He is the only Clemson player to have his jersey retired in two sports.

McFadden was the number-four pick of the Brooklyn Dodgers (football) after the 1939 season, which is still the highest draft pick ever by a Clemson player.

McFadden played one year in the NFL and led the league in yards per rush.

McFadden coached the defensive backs at Clemson for 26 years and he was also the head basketball coach from 1947-56. Clemson's McFadden Building, dedicated in 1995, is in his honor.

McFadden was named to Clemson's Centennial team in April, 1996 and ranked as Clemson's #1 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians in 1999. McFadden was inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor in 2005.

McFadden is buried on Cemetery Hill behind Clemson Memorial Stadium.

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