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Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Banks McFadden


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Today’s photo is of Banks McFadden, who lettered for Clemson at tailback from 1937-1939.

McFadden attended Great Falls High School in South Carolina, where he led the Red Devils to two state championships in football and one in basketball. McFadden is widely considered to be the greatest athlete in Clemson University history, lettering in three sports (football, basketball and track).

In 1939, McFadden was voted the Associated Press' "Athlete of the Year". McFadden was also a two-time All-American in basketball (1938 and 1939) and led the Tigers basketball team to a Southern Conference championship in 1939.


Upon graduating, McFadden played football for the National Football League's Brooklyn Dodgers. McFadden fought in World War II and upon returning to the United States went into coaching.

McFadden was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959. On September 19, 1987, Clemson University retired his basketball No. 23 and football No. 66. In October 2008, the O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy was introduced as a reward to the winner of the annual football game between Boston College and Clemson, in honor of the historic meeting between Charlie O'Rourke and Banks McFadden in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic, Clemson's first bowl appearance.

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