Jerry Dalrymple – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
A native of Rosston, Ark., Jerry Dalrymple is considered by many to be the finest player in Tulane football history. He earned first-team All-America status in 1930 and became the only unanimous All-American in school history the next year – he was the only unanimous All-American in the country in 1931.
Dalrymple led Tulane to its most successful three-season stretch ever in football, as the Green Wave posted a 28-1 regular-season mark in that span and earned its first bowl berth ever – the 1932 Rose Bowl.
A 2008 SI.com article retroactively selected Heisman Trophy winners for the early years of college football and gave the nod to Dalrymple for 1931 with the comments: “The only player whose name appeared on the first team of every All-American ballot that season, Dalrymple was an unstoppable force for an 11-win Tulane team that shut out nine opponents.”
“I can’t remember a ball carrier getting past the line of scrimmage in an upright position,” recalled Dick Baumbach, who played in the secondary during Dalrymple’s sophomore season and later became Tulane’s Athletic Director. “The first time one did, and this was because we had subs in the game, I was so surprised he ran right by me for 60 yards to a touchdown.”
He became Tulane’s first inductee into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1954. He is also a charter member of the Halls of Fame for Greater New Orleans, Louisiana and Tulane Athletics.
Dalrymple was born August 6, 1906 and died on September 25, 1962 at the age of 55. After earning his master’s degree in physical education from LSU, he coached at Southwest Louisiana, Arkansas Teachers College and John Brown University.
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