Frank Broyles

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Broyles's Football Days


The Beginning

Frank Broyles began his formidable career in his hometown town of Decatur, Georgia. Born on 26th December 2010 to O.T. Broyles
 and Louise Solms[1]. He broke into the limelight with four outstanding years of football, baseball and basketball at Decatur High School.[2]. His high school achievements were glimpses of his extraordinary future lined with remarkable achievements nurtured through his participation in the athletics department of Georgia Institute of Technology, both as a player and later as a coach. He would later become a living legend not only in the Georgia Tech community, but also in the United States.

Success at Tech

He began his education and all-round sports career at Decatur High School as a baseball, basketball, and football player. He graduated, and joined Georgia Tech on the naval training program in the summer of 1942. He spent his first season (1942) gaining collegiate experience on the freshman squad . The next two seasons saw him mature to the Varsity team where he quickly gained famed. He was awarded Southeast Conference Player of the Year in 1944. That same year he broke the Orange Bowl passing yards record (279 yards)[3].

His record stood for 50 years until Tom Brady broke it in the 2000 Orange Bowl[4]. In the next season (1945), Broyles (as an established quarterback) led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to the final of the Orange Bowl, where Georgia Tech succumbed to a 26-12 defeat to University of Tulsa.

Marriage and Navy

Broyles’s growth as a football star for the Yellow Jackets took a brief pause in 1945 when he received a commission from the United States Navy[5]. Broyles returned to Georgia Tech after being discharged from the Seabees in 1946. However, before leaving for the Seabees, Broyles married Barbara Day on May 6, 1945[6]. They had six children together, Hack, Jack, Tommy, Dan and twins: Betsy and Linda. Barbara Day passed away in 2004 due to Alzheimer’s disease[7].

From Service, Back to Tech

Broyles is one of the few men to have participated in three different bowl games. His first bowl action came in 1944 against University of Tulsa in the thrilling New Year’s Battle where Georgia Tech edged out Tulsa in 20-18. His return to Georgia Tech in 1946 saw the Yellow Jackets make it to the Oil Bowl final on 1st January 1947.Although the Oil Bow game gained a lot of publicity at that time, it has vanished from memory almost completely. One frustrated Gaels football expert and collector has dubbed it "the bowl game that was never played"[8]. Nevertheless, the Yellow Jackets won by a score of 41-19 against St. Mary’s School of California in Houston, Texas[9].

The great Coach Bobby Dodd recognized Broyles’s presence on the field as influential saying, “It’s like having a coach on the field, when you have Broyles at Quarterback”[10]. Marvin Gechman of The Technique of April 20, 1951 wrote, “He was the sparkplug of mighty Yellow Jacket team of 1946 because he was one of those quarterbacks endowed with the ability of calling the correct play at the right time with the right degree of effectiveness.”

In 1944, in a game against Clemson he intercepted a pass behind his goal line and ran it back 101 yards for a touchdown[11]. This record still stands in the SEC records along with a few others. His sportsmanship protracted beyond football, he was also influential in basketball. Alongside making the All-Conference Football third team in 1943, the All-Conference Football first team in 1944 and 1945. He also made the All-Conference Team Basketball second team for three consecutive years.

Broyles’s exceptional student career at Georgia Tech came to a close in 1947 as he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management.



Assistant Coach

Shortly after his college graduation, he returned to his natural element but this time, as a coach. Broyles’s began as an Assistant Coach under head coach Bob Woodruff at Baylor University where he spent two years, from 1947-1949. The pair moved to University of Florida in 1950 where he served one year, still maintaining his position as an Assistant Coach. Broyles left University of Florida 1951 to return to where his prominent begun, Georgia Tech.

Offensive Coordinator

He took up the position of Offensive Coordinator under head Coach Bobby Dodd. His arrival at Georgia Tech got him a new nickname, “Bowl” Broyles. This came about as Broyles had played four seasons with the Yellow Jackets and each season saw the team reach a Bowl[12].

Broyles immediately returned to his former habit of registering Bowls. Under “Chief Engineer of the Rambling Wrecks”[13]. Coach Robert Lee Dodd, “Bowl” Broyles played part in steering the Yellow Jackets to the Orange Bowl where they defeated Baylor University 17-14 on January 1st, 1952. A fourth quarter 22-yard Pepper Rodgers field goal sealed Georgia Tech’s undefeated run on a hot, muggy day in Miami[14]. With that, Broyles’s first season as Offensive Coordinator saw the Yellow Jackets win a Conference Title and placed fifth in the National Championship with a 10-0-1 record.

Coming so close in the previous season, the Yellow Jackets armed for another season, which would turn to be a remarkable season. “Bowl” Broyles, still as the Offensive Coordinator, helped steer the Yellow Jackets to yet another Bowl- The Sugar Bowl. The second placed Yellow Jackets saw off the seventh placed Ole Miss Rebels (University of Mississippi) 24-7 on January 1st, 1953 in the Tulane Stadium. With a 12-0-0 record, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets tied with the Michigan State Spartans (9-0-0) for the National Championship. With that, head coach Bobby Dodd and “Bowl” Broyles recorded their best season with the Yellow Jackets, still undefeated.

Broyles' Last Year at Tech

“Bowl” Broyles stayed with the Yellow Jackets till 1956, where each year saw them reach a Bowl final and win it. The Yellow Jackets retained the Sugar Bowl by defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers football team 42-19 at the Tulane Stadium[15].

The Yellow Jackets, SEC champions, strode to victory in the Cotton Bowl defeating the Southwestern Conference champions Arkansas Razorbacks 14-6 at Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas, Texas.

January 2nd, 1955 saw the Yellow Jackets win another Sugar Bowl defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers 7-0 at the Tulane Stadium. “Bowl” Broyles’s last year with the Yellow Jackets win the Gator Bowl, defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers yet again 21-14 on December 29th, 1956.

Broyles left his position at Georgia Tech when he was offered a head coach at University of Missouri. His awe-inspiring career in Georgia Tech ended but only to continue elsewhere. Sadly, the Yellow Jackets winning edge seemed to dwindle in the subsequent years, going nine years without winning a Bowl after six years of tremendous success with “Bowl” Broyles at Offensive Coordinator.

Life after Tech

Broyles Award

Broyles became the head coach at University of Arkansas where he registered a series of victories from 1958 to 1976 with seven Southwestern Conference championships, two Cotton Bowl Classic wins and a 1964 National Championship. Broyles became the Athletic Director of the University of Arkansas till 2007 where he continuously registered all kinds of achievements. Wherever he went, he excelled as a remarkable product of Georgia Tech and son of Decatur, Georgia.

Broyles was inducted into the College Football of Fame in 1983 along with being a member of the Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Gator Bowl and Georgia Tech halls of fame[16]. For his success in various fields and institutions, the Broyles Award was established in 1996 to recognize top assistant coaches in college football[17].


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  14. Orange Bowl of 1952.Retrieved 3rd October, 2010.
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  17. Broyles Award.Retrieved 3rd October, 2010.

Section A2

Source Summary: Tinsley, Broyles Make All American Selection (The Technique)

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