Lindy Berry

Last updated
Lindy Berry
Born:(1927-12-21)December 21, 1927 [1]
Wichita Falls, Texas
Died:April 19, 2014(2014-04-19) (aged 86)
Fort Worth, Texas
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL status American
Position(s) QB/KR/PR
Uniform number 43
College Texas Christian
High school Wichita Falls
NFL draft 1950 / Round: 7 / Pick: 89
Drafted by San Francisco 49ers
Career history
As player
19501951 Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1950
Awards 1950 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
Honors1948 All-Southwest Conference
1949 All-America first team
1949 All-Southwest Conference
1950 All-West second team (CFL)

Lindy Berry (December 21, 1927 – April 19, 2014) [2] was an American gridiron football quarterback. He played college football for the TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University. Berry was selected in the 1950 NFL Draft, and played professional football for two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos in what later became the Canadian Football League (CFL). In 1950, he received the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy for the CFL West Division's most valuable player.

Contents

Early life

Berry attended Wichita Falls High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. While there, he played football under head coach Thurman "Tugboat" Jones. During his junior season in 1944, he led the Coyotes to an 8–3 record and the district championship. Nevertheless, Berry said, "There was this café in town where people went on Saturday mornings to rehash the game from the night before. One morning I heard a couple of guys in there talking about me. One said, 'He will never make it.' I said to myself, 'We'll see.'" [3] As a senior in 1945, Berry led Wichita Falls to an 11–1–1 record. The Coyotes' sole loss was to the eventual state champions, Highland Park High School, which eliminated Wichita Falls in the semifinals. [3]

College career

Berry attended Texas Christian University where he played on the Horned Frogs varsity football team all four seasons. In addition to playing quarterback, he was also TCU's punt and kickoff returner and played safety on defense. [3] His passing duo with end Morris Bailey was nicknamed the "Berry-to-Bailey Battery." [4] Wichita Falls' Times Record News reported an incident that demonstrated Berry was "tough as nails". [3] In one unspecified game against the Texas Longhorns, Berry dropped back in the pocket looking to pass. A Longhorns defender, Errol Fry, dodged a block and sacked Berry. During the tackle, Fry's elbow struck Berry in the face and knocked out two of his front teeth and broke his jaw. Nevertheless, Berry played the following week, while wearing a hockey mask to protect his jaw that had been wired shut. [3]

He earned his first letter as a freshman in 1946. [5] In 1947, he led the team in passing with 429 yards, 31 completions on 67 attempts, and one touchdown. [6] He also led the team in rushing with 379 yards on 112 attempts and four touchdowns. [7] In 1948, Berry recorded 706 passing yards, 61 completions on 134 attempts, and two touchdowns. [6] Midway through the season, he ranked second in the nation in total offensive yards until surpassed by Charlie Justice of North Carolina. [8] Berry finished the season as the team's rushing leader with 783 yards on 190 attempts and four touchdowns. [7] He was named an All-Southwest Conference selection. [9] He also received the Rogers Trophy as the team's most valuable player. [10] In 1949, Berry compiled 1,445 passing yards, 106 completions on 220 attempts, and seven touchdowns. [6] He also threw 23 interceptions, which to date remains the school record. [6] He was named a first-team All-American and an All-Southwest Conference selection. [9] [11] After the season, he participated in the East-West Shrine Game. [12] During that season, he compiled 1,445 passing yards in 10 games. At the time, only one other TCU quarterback had exceeded that in a season, Heisman Trophy winner Davey O'Brien, and he had the benefit of playing in one additional game. [3]

During his college career, Berry had recorded 1,745 rushing yards, 1,372 punt return yards, 729 kickoff return yards, 185 interception return yards, and 32 receiving yards. He graduated from TCU as its all-time career leader in all-purpose yardage, a distinction which stood through the mid-1980s when his mark was surpassed by Tony Jeffery. [13] Berry's 2,101 total kick return yards set a school record that stood until 2005, when it was broken by Cory Rodgers. [14]

Professional career

Berry was selected in the seventh round of the 1950 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers as the 89th overall pick. [15] He played two seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos in what later became known as the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1950 to 1951. [16] [17] He was awarded the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy in 1950 as the West Division's most valuable player. [18] He was named to the CFL's 1950 All-West second team. [19]

Personal life

In 1951, Berry married Mary, the secretary of his former college coach Dutch Meyer. [3] Their grandson, Charlie Berry, played for Highland Park High School and the SMU Mustangs at Southern Methodist University as a defensive lineman. [20] Since those are both rivals of the elder Berry's alma maters, he said, "It wasn't easy but I had to cheer for Charlie." [3]

Berry was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2004. [3] In 2008, he was inducted into the Oil Bowl Hall of Fame, which honors the most outstanding past participants of a high school football all-star game between Texas and Oklahoma players. [3] [21] That same year, Sports Illustrated listed him among six others as "worthy of consideration" as the best player to have ever worn the number 43. [22]

Berry is the great-uncle of Lana Berry, a popular figure on Twitter and other social media sites, and sports podcaster. [23]

See also

Related Research Articles

Warren Moon American football quarterback

Harold Warren Moon is an American former gridiron football quarterback who played professionally for 23 seasons. He spent the majority of his career with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League (NFL) and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). In the NFL, Moon also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Casey J. Printers is a former professional American football, Canadian football and indoor football quarterback. Printers spent most of his professional career with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League, and also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Kansas City Chiefs and Allen Wranglers.

Jackie Parker American gridiron football player and coach

John Dickerson "Jackie" Parker was an American gridiron football player and coach. He was an All-American in college football and an outstanding professional football player in the Canadian Football League at the running back, quarterback, defensive back, and kicker positions. He is primarily known for his play with the Edmonton Eskimos. Later in his career, he played for the Toronto Argonauts and the BC Lions, and coached the Eskimos and Lions after his playing career ended.

Henry Lee "Gizmo" Williams is a former American and Canadian football kick returner and wide receiver. After his retirement at the end of the 2000 CFL season, Williams worked as a motivational speaker.

Reginald "Reggie" Terrell Swinton is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Murray State University.

Dacor Tremaine "Cory" Rodgers is a former professional football wide receiver. He played collegiately for Texas Christian University.

"Indian" Jack Jacobs was an American and Canadian football player in the National Football League and Western Interprovincial Football Union. He was a charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

The Oil Bowl is a high school football all-star game in Wichita Falls, Texas. The game began in 1938, originally between East and West Texas high school football all-stars. In 1945, the game began pitting teams from Oklahoma and Texas, and continued in that format until 2012. In 2013, a dispute concerning the disposition of Oklahoma's share of the game's charitable proceeds led the Oklahoma Coaches Association to withdraw from the game, and the 2013 game matched two Texas teams. For the years in which Texas and Oklahoma teams played, the overall record was 46-19-1 in favor of Texas.

Eagle Day American football punter

Herman Sidney "Eagle" Day was an American punter in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and quarterback in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts. He played college football and baseball at the University of Mississippi.

Joe Burnett is a former Canadian football cornerback. He played college football for the UCF Knights and high school football at Eustis High School in Eustis. Burnett has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders, and Montreal Alouettes.

Richie Hall American football coach and former player

Richie Hall is the defensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He was formerly the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos from 2009 to 2010.

Chuck Ortmann

Charles H. Ortmann was an American football player who played for the University of Michigan Wolverines from 1948 to 1950 and in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1951 and the Dallas Texans in 1952.

The 1946 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football. The team was led by Jim Tatum in his first and only season as head coach. Along with first-year backfield coach Bud Wilkinson, who became the head coach himself the following year, Tatum installed the new split-T offense. An intensive recruiting effort, largely focused at veterans returning from the Second World War, helped Oklahoma to on-field success and eight of the team's new recruits eventually earned first-team All-America honors. The team improved from the previous season to an 8–3 record and a share of the Big Six Conference championship.

Trevor Harris Professional Canadian football quarterback

Trevor Harris is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Edinboro University. As Edinboro's starting quarterback, he broke "every career passing record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference" and was a two-time finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded each year to the individual selected as the most valuable player in NCAA Division II.

Peter Alexander Gardere is a former American football quarterback, famous for his four-year tenure as the Texas Longhorns quarterback in the late 1980s/early 1990s. He is the only starting quarterback on either side of the Texas-Oklahoma football rivalry to win four straight games in the Red River Rivalry. He set 10 school records and still shares the record for most interceptions thrown over a career.

Donnie Little is a former American football quarterback. He was the quarterback of the Texas Longhorns from 1978 to 1980, and in 1978 was the first black quarterback to play for The University of Texas. He is credited with "opening doors" for future black quarterbacks at Texas, such as James Brown and Vince Young.

103rd Grey Cup 2015 Canadian football match

The 103rd Grey Cup was a Canadian football game that was played on November 29, 2015 between the East Division champion Ottawa Redblacks and the West Division champion Edmonton Eskimos to decide the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship for the 2015 season. The game was played at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shaw Communications was the presenting sponsor of the game; it was the first time in CFL history that the Grey Cup has been sponsored. The Eskimos won the contest 26–20 to claim their 14th Grey Cup championship in franchise history and first since 2005. Mike Reilly was named Most Valuable Player and Shamawd Chambers received the Dick Suderman Trophy as Most Valuable Canadian. It was the Eskimos' first Grey Cup win that did not involve Hugh Campbell in any capacity with the organization since the 1975 Grey Cup.

Stephen Jones is a former American football wide receiver who played ten seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Eskimos and Ottawa Rough Riders. He played college football at Central Michigan University. Jones was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos team that won the 75th Grey Cup. He was also a two-time CFL All-Star and three-time CFL East All-Star.

Kenzel Doe is a free agent American football wide receiver and return specialist, most recently for the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He played college football for Wisconsin and has played in both the National Football League, and the Canadian Football League, as well as playing for two other minor league football teams.

2019 Kansas State Wildcats football team American college football season

The 2019 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats played their home games at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, and competed in the Big 12 Conference. They were led by first-year head coach Chris Klieman, who accepted the role after the retirement of long-time head coach Bill Snyder.

References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-07-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Hanna, Bill (April 23) "Lindy Berry, a former TCU All-America quarterback, dies at 86," Star-Telegram (Ft. Worth) 23 April 2014 (no time stamp). http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/04/22/5757930/lindy-berry-a-former-tcu-all-america.html?rh=1
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Gholson: In the Nick of Time Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine , Times Record News , June 21, 2008.
  4. Retired business executive dies at age 77, Amarillo Globe-News , July 20, 2002.
  5. Records, 2008 TCU Football Media Guide, p. 172, 2008.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Records, p. 145.
  7. 1 2 Records, p. 142.
  8. Present Army Duo Eyes New Cadet Record [ permanent dead link ] (PDF), Associated Press, 1948.
  9. 1 2 Records, p. 169.
  10. Records, p. 170.
  11. Records, p. 168.
  12. Records, p. 171.
  13. Records, p. 148.
  14. Cory Rodgers Archived 2009-02-11 at the Wayback Machine , Green Bay Packers, retrieved July 19, 2009.
  15. 1950 San Francisco 49ers Draftees, Pro Football Reference, retrieved July 19, 2009.
  16. Roll of Honour Archived 2014-12-04 at the Wayback Machine , Edmonton Eskimos, retrieved July 19, 2009.
  17. Matt Vautour, Brave heart, TCU Magazine, March 2002.
  18. Outstanding Player Award, CFLapedia, retrieved July 19, 2009.
  19. Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll, Canadian All-Stars, 1932-50 Archived 2010-11-27 at the Wayback Machine (PDF), Coffin Corner, Vol. 8, PFRA Annual 1986, p. 5, Pro Football Researchers Association, 1986.
  20. Charlie Berry Archived 2007-11-15 at the Wayback Machine , Southern Methodist University, retrieved July 19, 2009.
  21. Hall of Fame Archived 2010-06-17 at the Wayback Machine , Oil Bowl, retrieved July 19, 2009.
  22. Worthy of Consideration Honorable Mention: Best College Players by Number, Sports Illustrated , January 3, 2008.