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William Beattie "Big Chief" Feathers August 20, 1909 – March 11, 1979 was an American football player and coach of football and baseball He played college football and college basketball at the University of Tennessee


  • 1 College career
  • 2 NFL career
  • 3 Coaching career
  • 4 Early life
  • 5 Head coaching record
    • 51 Football
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

College career

He starred as a halfback from 1931 to 1933 for the Tennessee Volunteers football team led by head coach Robert Neyland Feathers was a consensus selection to the 1933 College Football All-America Team In December 2008, Sports Illustrated undertook to identify the individuals who would have been awarded the Heisman Trophy in college football's early years, before the trophy was established in 1935 Feathers was selected as the would-be Heisman winner for the 1933 season

NFL career

Feathers played professional football in the National Football League NFL with the Chicago Bears, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Green Bay Packers from 1934 to 1940 In his rookie season of 1934 he became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in one season His average of 844 yards per attempt that same year remains an NFL record minimum 100 carries Feathers is one of ten players that were named to the National Football League 1930s All-Decade Team that have not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Coaching career

After his career in the NFL, Feathers coached college football and college baseball He served as the head football coach at Appalachian State Teachers College—now known as Appalachian State University—in 1942 and at North Carolina State University from 1944 to 1951, compiling a career college football coaching record of 42–40–4 Feathers was the head baseball coach at NC State in 1945, at Texas Tech University from 1954 to 1960, and at Wake Forest University from 1972 to 1975, tallying a career college baseball coaching mark of 79–135–1

Feathers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1955 He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 He stood 5'10" and 180 pounds

Early life

Feathers attended Virginia High School, in Bristol, Virginia, and led the school to its first state championship as team captain before going on to the University of Tennessee

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Appalachian State Mountaineers North State Conference 1942
1942 Appalachian State 5–2–1 2–2 3rd
Appalachian State: 5–2–1 2–2
NC State Wolfpack Southern Conference 1944–1951
1944 NC State 7–2 3–1 T–3rd
1945 NC State 3–6 2–4 8th
1946 NC State 8–3 6–1 3rd L Gator 18
1947 NC State 5–3–1 3–2–1 T–6th 17
1948 NC State 3–6–1 1–4–1 14th
1949 NC State 3–7 3–6 13th
1950 NC State 5–4–1 4–4–1 T–9th
1951 NC State 3–7 2–6 T–12th
NC State: 37–38–3 24–28–3
Total: 42–40–4
^ "Infographic: NFL on Wednesday" Profootballhofcom February 7, 2010 Retrieved September 6, 2012 
  • ^ "Texas Tech Official Athletic Site: 2008 Baseball Media Guide" Texastechcstvcom Archived from the original on October 29, 2008 Retrieved September 6, 2012 
  • External links

    • Beattie Feathers at the College Football Hall of Fame

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