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Encyclopedia > Davey O'Brien Award
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The Davey O'Brien Award, officially the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by the Davey O'Brien Foundation to be the best of all National Collegiate Athletic Association quarterbacks. The award is generally recognized as more prestigious than the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, insofar as the eligibilty for the latter is restricted to seniors, and than the Manning Award, insofar as the latter, though open to all quarterbacks, has been given only since 2004. The only people to have won the award twice are Danny Wuerffel of Florida, Ty Detmer of Brigham Young, and Jason White of Oklahoma. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Robert David OBrien (June 22, 1917 – November 18, 1978) was a professional American football player who played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and was also an agent for the FBI. OBrien played college football at Texas Christian University, and in 1938 led TCU to an undefeated season. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... John Unitas Golden Arm Logo The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is given annually in the United States to the nations outstanding senior quarterback in college football. ... The word student is etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, meaning to direct ones zeal at; hence a student is one who directs zeal at a subject. ... The Manning Award has been presented annually since 2004 to the collegiate American football quarterback adjudged by the Sugar Bowl Committee to be the best in the United States; the awarded is named in honor of Archie Manning and his sons Cooper, Peyton, and Eli; Peyton and Eli were both... // On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ... Danny Carl Wuerffel (Born:May 27, 1974 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American football player who won the 1996 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at the University of Florida under coach Steve Spurrier. ... Ty Hubert Detmer (born October 30, 1967 in San Marcos, Texas), is a former American football quarterback who starred at Brigham Young University. ... Jason White (born June 19, 1980) was a quarterback for the University of Oklahoma football team (1999-2004). ...


Its namesake

Robert David (Davey) O’Brien was an All-American football player at Texas Christian University, was born in Dallas, Texas on June 22, 1917. As a youth he quarterbacked a sandlot football team self-named the Gaston Avenue Bulldogs, and spent several summers at the Kanakuk Boys’ Kamp near Branson, Missouri. He was a 118-pound, All-State selection who led Woodrow Wilson High School to the state playoffs in 1932. O’Brien enrolled at TCU in 1935 and sat on the bench behind Sammy Baugh. In 1938, O’Brien’s first season as starting quarterback, TCU fell to a mediocre 4-4-3 record, but O’Brien was named to the All-Southwest Conference first team. O’Brien had 1,457 passing yards, a Southwest Conference record that stood for ten years, and only four interceptions in 194 passing attempts. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kanakuk Kamps is a company that operates 9 Christian summer camps based primarily in Southwestern Missouri with one camp in Durango, Colorado. ... A typical busy night on The Strip (Hwy 76) The Titanic Museum is shaped to look like the real Titanic and is a popular tourist attraction in Branson The Duttons performing their famous song where they all play each others violins at their theater in Branson Missouri Herkimer and Cecil... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Samuel Adrian Baugh (born March 17, 1914) is a retired American football player born in Temple, Texas, the second son of James and Lucy Baugh. ... The Southwest Conference (SWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ...


He led the Horned Frogs to their first undefeated season, including a 15-7 victory over Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl, and the national championship. O’Brien was named to thirteen All-America teams and became the only college football player to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp trophies in the same year. When he went to New York to accept the Heisman Trophy, Fort Worth boosters hired a stagecoach to carry him to the Downtown Athletic Club. This article is about the American football game. ... Official Logo The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (often known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the U.S. The award is considered the highest individual player honor... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ... Walter Chauncey Camp (April 7, 1859 – March 14, 1925) was a sports writer and football coach known as the Father of American Football. Along with John Heisman, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Glenn Scobey Warner, and George Halas, Camp was one of the most significant people in the history of American football. ... The Downtown Athletic Club was an athletic club in Lower Manhattan. ...


After graduating from TCU, O’Brien signed a $10,000 contract with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. In his rookie season with the Eagles, he passed for 1,324 yards in eleven games, breaking Baugh’s NFL record and was named first-team quarterback on the National Football Leagues’ All-Pro Team. The Eagles gave him a $2,000 raise, but he retired after the 1940 season to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After completing his training, he was assigned to the bureau’s field office in Springfield, MO. O’Brien was a firearms instructor at headquarters in Quantico, VA, and spent the last five years of his FBI career in Dallas. He retired in 1950 and went to work for Haroldson L. Hunt in land development and later entered the oil business working for Dresser-Atlas Industries of Dallas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as both a federal criminal investigative body and a domestic intelligence agency. ... Quantico, Virginia is in Prince William County, 23 miles north-northeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, near Dumfries and Stafford along Highway 619. ...


In 1971 O’Brien was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery to remove a kidney and part of his right lung. He lost his battle with cancer on November 18, 1977. Davey O’Brien was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1956. College Football Hall of Fame front. ...


Previous winners

Year Player School
1981 Jim McMahon BYU
1982 Todd Blackledge Penn State
1983 Steve Young BYU
1984 Doug Flutie Boston College
1985 Chuck Long Iowa
1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami
1987 Don McPherson Syracuse
1988 Troy Aikman UCLA
1989 Andre Ware Houston
1990 Ty Detmer BYU
1991 Ty Detmer BYU
1992 Gino Torretta Miami
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State
1994 Kerry Collins Penn State
1995 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee
1998 Michael Bishop Kansas State
1999 Joe Hamilton Georgia Tech
2000 Chris Weinke Florida State
2001 Eric Crouch Nebraska
2002 Brad Banks Iowa
2003 Jason White Oklahoma
2004 Jason White Oklahoma
2005 Vince Young Texas
2006 Troy Smith Ohio State

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External links

  • Official website


College football awards:
Best player awards:
Heisman Memorial Trophy
Maxwell Award | Walter Camp Award
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Best Defenseman)
Chuck Bednarik Award (Best Defenseman)
Dave Rimington Trophy (Best C)
Davey O'Brien Award (Best QB)
Dick Butkus Award (Best LB)
Doak Walker Award (Best RB)
Draddy Trophy (Academic Heisman)
Fred Biletnikoff Award (Best WR)
Jim Thorpe Award (Best DB)
John Mackey Award (Best TE)
Johnny Unitas Award (Best Senior QB)
Lombardi Award (Best Lineman or LB)
Lott Trophy (Defensive impact)
Lou Groza Award (Best PK)
Manning Award (Best QB)
Mosi Tatupu Award (Best spec. teams)
Outland Trophy (Best IOL or DL)
Ray Guy Award (Best P)
Sammy Baugh Trophy (Best QB)
Ted Hendricks Award (Best DE)
Wuerffel Trophy (Humanitarian-Athlete)
Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year | Home Depot Coach of the Year
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year | Walter Camp Coach of the Year
Walter Payton Award (Best Div. I-AA Off.) | Buck Buchanan Award (Best Div. I-AA Def.)
Harlon Hill Trophy (Div. II) | Gagliardi Trophy (Div. III) | Melberger Award (Div. III)

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TCU Magazine (2469 words)
O'Brien was the fourth recipient of the award.
Davey left for the FBI the next day, trading a $10,000 salary and a share of gate receipts for a respectable $3,200 as a government agent.
Davey also served as president of the TCU Alumni Association, a YMCA board member, a chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, a staunch Golden Gloves supporter, a deacon of University Christian Church.
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