Davey O'Brien Robert David O'Brien (June 22, 1917 – November 18, 1977) was an American football quarterback. He played college football at Texas Christian University (TCU) and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons.
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 (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 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.
(Photo: Pro Football Hall of Fame) O'Brien was born in Dallas Texas on June 22, 1917 and attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. He entered TCU in 1935 and served as a backup to Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh as a sophomore. As a junior, he earned All-SWC honors and in 1938 directed the team to a national championship.
Davey O’Brien was born in Dallas, Texas on June 22, 1917. By 1932, he was a 118-pound, five-foot-seven All-State selection who led Woodrow Wilson High School to the Texas state playoffs. After enrolling at TCU in 1935, O’Brien sat behind Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh for two years before earning the starting job.