Clay Calhoun – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Jesuit High School/Loyola University
After being born in Pineville, Miss., Clay Calhoun moved with his family to New Orleans where he establish himself as an elite athlete and football star at the high school and collegiate levels.
A 1934 graduate of Jesuit High School, he served as team captain and starting fullback for the Blue Jays’ first state champion football team in 1933. With Calhoun leading the way, Jesuit was dominant on the gridiron. The Blue Jays outscored their opponents 278-6 with Fortier being the only team to manage points. Fortier also shut out all of its opponents in 1933, but lost 7-6 to Jesuit before 11,000 fans at Loyola Stadium.
Also the captain of the Jesuit basketball team and a member of the Blue Jay track team, Calhoun was selected as the school’s best all-around athlete for 1933-34.
He followed up his prep athlete days by lettering in football and basketball at Loyola University for three years, serving as captain of the varsity football team in 1937. He was selected as the Associated Press first-team fullback on its Little All-American team in 1937 and was named Louisiana’s top fullback and All-Dixie in both 1936 and 1937.
Calhoun was voted the best all-around athlete at Loyola for 1937-38 and was selected to the Chicago Tribune College All-Star Team which played and beat the defending NFL champion Washington Redskins before 74,250 fans at Soldier Field on August 31, 1938. He was also selected to play in the Blue-Gray College All-Star game in Montgomery, Ala., in 1938.
During World War II, Calhoun was a Lieutenant Commander of lighter than air U.S. Navy airships.
Calhoun, who was elected into the Loyola Hall of Fame in 1996, died on December 14, 2005, at the age of 89.