Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stu Clarkson

Stu Clarkson (July 4, 1919 – October 26, 1957) was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1942 to 1951. He was the last pick in the 1942 NFL Draft.
Clarkson was a two-time Little All-American at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville), 1938 and 1939.[1] He was posthumously named to the Texas A&M-Kingville Football Hall of Fame, 1972, and was named to the Texas A&M-Kingsville Football Team of Century in 2000.
As a member of the 1946 World Champion Chicago Bears, he received an equal players share of $1,975.82.[2]
Following his tenure with the Chicago Bears, Clarkson was line coach and player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League from 1952 to 1953.[3]
From 1943 to 1945, Clarkson served with the United States Army in England, France and Germany. On June 6, 1944, Clarkson was part of the American forces landing at Utah BeachNormandyFrance.[4]
On October 26, 1957, while coaching during a game for the Sugar Land (Texas) High School football team, Clarkson suffered a heart attack and died on the side of the field. Sugar Land went on to beat Hitchcock High, 25-0.[1] He was the father of American lawyer (and now United States Bankruptcy Judge) and documentary photographer Scott C. Clarkson.[5]
Stu Clarkson

Stuart Clarkson of the Chicago Bears

BornJuly 4, 1919
Corpus Christi, Texas
DiedOctober 26, 1957
Sugar Land, Texas
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight217 pounds (98 kg)
CollegeTexas A&I University (Now Texas A&M-Kingsville)
NFL Draft1942 / Round 22 / Pick 200
Jersey #(s)36, 31
Career highlights
AwardsAll-American 1938, 1939
HonorsTexas A&M-Kingsville Football Hall of Fame
Texas A&M-Kingsville All Century Team
Chicago Bears
Winnipeg Blue Bombers(CFL)

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