Robert David O'Brien (June 22, 1917 – November 18, 1977) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) with the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons. He played college football for the TCU Horned Frogs, where he won the Heisman Trophy  and the Maxwell Award in 1938. 
Davey O'Brien Award. Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. Awarded for. The collegiate American football player judged to be the best of all NCAA quarterbacks (current) The best NCAA football player playing in the southwestern United States (original) Location. The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth Texas.
For a time, Davey O’Brien ’39 captivated a nation. “We gave the Davey O’Brien Foundation everything, but I wanted to keep this,” said the 55-year-old O’Brien. “By reading all the fan letters, you can tell what people really thought of my father.” The younger O’Brien got his Daddy’s eyes, blue as sky after a good rain.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 31, 2023) – The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the 35 quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2023. Each member of the group is now an official candidate to win the 2023 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 8, 2023) – The Davey O’Brien Foundation unveiled the 2023 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List today, a group that includes 35 of the nation’s top returning college quarterbacks.
Davey O’Brien Award Winners Listed by Year. 2022 – Max Duggan, TCU; 2021 – Bryce Young, Alabama; 2020 – Mac Jones, Alabama; 2019 – Joe Burrow, LSU; 2018 – Kyler Murray, Oklahoma; 2017 – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; 2016 – Deshaun Watson, Clemson; 2015 – Deshaun Watson, Clemson; 2014 – Marcus Mariota, Oregon; 2013 – Jameis ...
Davey O’Brien was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1956. In 1971, he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery to remove a kidney and part of his right lung. He finished his courageous battle with cancer on November 18, 1977.