Beattie Feathers

  • 2x All-Pro selection (1934, 1936) 1 2 team
  • NFL 1930s All- Decade Team
  • College Football Hall of Fame (1955 )
  • Tennessee 's Hall of Fame (1955 )
  • Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (1981 )

William Beattie Feathers ( born August 20, 1908 in Bristol, Virginia, USA, † March 11, 1979 in Winston- Salem, North Carolina) was an US- American football player in the National Football League ( NFL). Feathers was the first running back in NFL history to score more than 1,000 yards in a season space gain.

Playing career

College career

Feathers has already played at the high school team of his native town American Football. He was the team captain his team to the state championship. From 1931 to 1933 he studied at the University of Tennessee, where he played for the Tennessee Volunteers college football as a halfback. Overall, he was able to achieve 33 touchdowns in Tennessee. His scored space gain of 1,888 yards was for 37 years the school record. In 1931, he was able to move with his team in the New York Charity Game and win the game with 13-0 against the New York University. Beattie was elected in 1933 to the All American. Because of his athletic achievements, he was honored by his college several times.

Professional players

1934 Feathers joined the coached by George Halas Chicago Bears. He was player of the later members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Bronko Nagurski and Red Grange. In the same year, the Bears moved into the NFL Championship Game, but ended up there the New York Giants with 30:13 to admit defeat. Feathers had a very good rookie year. He scored eight touchdowns and 1004 yards extra space, what was each season best. The achieved this year average of 8.44 yards per run was to 2006 NFL record and was only surpassed by Michael Vick, who played quarterback, however. Feathers was thus also the first running back NFL history to score more than 1,000 yards in a season space gain.

1938 Feathers moved to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940, he played for one year at the managed by Curly Lambeau Green Bay Packers and then ended his career.

Coaching career

In the years 1941 and 1942 Feathers Head was coach of the Appalachian State University. From 1946 he trained for eight years as a football and baseball coach the teams from North Carolina State University. From 1954 to 1960 Feathers worked as a baseball coach of Texas Tech University. An office which he held from 1972 to 1976, also at Wake Forest University, where he was also assistant coach of the football team busy.


Feathers was elected twice to the All- Pro. He is a member of the NFL 1930s All- Decade Team, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and in 1955 into the College Football Hall of Fame.