Charles “Peggy” Flournoy – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Rugby Academy/Tulane University
Charles “Peggy” Flournoy was Tulane’s first All-American in football after leading Coach Clark Shaughnessy’s team to a 9-0-1 record in 1925 and a three-year record for 23-4-2, with three of those losses coming during his sophomore season in 1923.
During his senior season, Flournoy led the nation in scoring with 128 points, including school records of 19 touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns. He exited Tulane with the career records for overall touchdowns (30), rushing touchdowns (24) and points (168). He also set the mark for single-game points that still stands (as of 2020) when he scored 31 points (4 TDs, 4 PATs, 1 FG) in a win over Louisiana Tech on November 7, 1925. The four rushing touchdowns was also a school-record until 2007 when future NFL star Matt Forte had a pair of five-TD games.
Flournoy was selected by the Veterans Club of America as the most valuable player to his team in the 1925 season, and went to Philadelphia to accept the award. Before the days of the Heisman Trophy, the Veterans Club honor was arguably the top individual honor a collegiate player could receive. He was also named a first-team halfback on multiple College Football All-America Teams.
After a critical road win over Northwestern in 1925, the Chicago media was effusive in its praise of Flournoy after he accounted for all of the Green Wave points in an 18-7 victory.
Harry McNamara of the Chicago Herald-Examiner said: “Peggy Flournoy’s play at left halfback was superb. I doubt whether the great Red Grange in his palmiest days ever played more brilliantly than Flournoy did against the Wildcats today. He was a demon in a broken field, a human battering ram at hitting the line, his punting surpassed anything I’ve seen on a football field in recent years and his defensive work was excellent.”
Chuck McGuire of the Chicago American said: “Flournoy usually twisted and squirmed his way for substantial gains. His forte seems to be a sort of dancing dodge, a stuttering run with a knack of sliding off his interference for a few added yards when checked.”
With a record marred only by a 6-6 tie with Missouri, the Green Wave became the first Southern team to receive a Rose Bowl invitation. It also became the first Southern team to turn down a Rose Bowl invitation. Officially, the administration claimed it would take the athletes away from their classrooms too long.
Flournoy, who was born January 17, 1904 in Canton, Miss., attended high school at Rugby Academy, on the corner of St. Charles and Bourdeaux, which existed from 1884 to 1970.
He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1968 and the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978. He died on October 7, 1972 at the age of 68.