Yes, Hamilton was great in a whole era of football.....but I want to put in the name of Allie White and not just because he was a great guy.......I'll tell this since I knew them both and both are deceased.....Hale got the big notoriety and was outstanding, but Allie always said he (at about 195 pounds to Hale's 230-240) had the job of destroying the blocking in order to free Hale to make tackles....he did it so well that for a couple of years (back when that was a normal NFL career because of WWII and low pay) Allie played DT for the Eagles.
I remember Norman Hamilton well and my best memory is of a famous line that Blackie Sherrod (tabloid Fort Worth Press) penned in describing Hamilton after the Frog-Aggie game at stormy Kyle Field in 1956. "He stood raging and rock like in face of storm and foe". Bear Bryant's Junction Boys took the Frogs 7-6 in a controversial victory in the midst of violent second half tornado-like storm.
The Aggies ended up on probation and the Frogs met Syracuse and Jim Brown in the Cotton Bowl. He had played a year earlier vs. Ole Miss in the Cotton. Hamilton was built like a fire plug and was all over offenses. Meanwhile, in those one-platoon days he played offensive guard. Believe he later played a bit of Canadian ball and was a small town boy from Vanderbilt (Industrial) near Victoria. Truly a great Frog player of the 1950's one platoon era.
TCU Football: The best of the best -- Defensive tackle
Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:24 PM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:40 PM
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:34 AM
I love the passion some of you have for Fred Washington.
(And that he was a classmate of yours, steelfrog.)
But the fact is, the first seven guys on that list were All-Americans. Washington was never even All-SWC, although the defensive tackle next to him -- Mitch Benson -- was. I'm not going to put Washington down, I saw him play as much as you did. He was a super player. The fact that you guys love him is the whole point of this.
Benson was waaay overrated.
Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:59 AM
At a Frog Club Meeting Washington was a speaker, and what I remember is how solid he was. He was wearing a polo/golf style shirt, and just looking at him he looked about 240lbs instead of his actual 280lbs! He looked more like a LB than a DT. About as densely packed as I have ever seen a human being.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:32 PM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:08 PM
Lilly was generally regarded as the MVP of the 1959 champions, although several of the older players were named to the All-American teams. Lilly was arguably the greatest defensive tackle in football history.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:09 AM
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:52 PM
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