Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bobby Cifers - D-B's Greatest Football Player AND Greatest Athlete?

Bobby Cifers scored 490 points during his four years on the D-B football team:

1936 - 32 points
13 points against Jonesboro
6 points against Chattanooga Central
7 points against Nashville Humme Fogg
6 points against Tennessee High

1937 - 59 points
16 points against Jonesboro
2 points against Saltville
12 points against Chattanooga Central
1 point against Bradley County
2 points against Johnson City
9 points against Tennessee High
6 points against Elizabethton
1 point against Morristown
10 points against South Port Ind.

1938 - 235 points (35 TDs and 25 extra points)
This broke the national scoring record.
27 points against Rogersvllle
13 points against Peoria Manual Ill.
22 points against Pennington Gap, Va.
39 points against Jacksonville Landon, FI
32 points against Morristown
33 points against Johnson City
14 points against Erwin
33 points against Tennssee High
9 points against Knoxville
13 points against Chattanooga Central
0 against Elizabethton (next year scored five in five carries in second half)

1939 - 164 points
l4 points against Bradley County
6 points against Asheville, N.C.
8 points against Chattanooga Central
12 points against Louisville Manual, Ky
27 points against Erwin
7 points against Knoxville
14 points against Tennessee High
34 points against Elizabethton
22 points against Morristown
20 points against Jacksonville Landon, Fl.
1,753 yards in 195 attempts

Among his many honors was being named to the All South team twice.



He broke the national scoring record for a single season during his junior year. It was reported in newspapers all across the country. Here is the story from the Billings Montana Gazette:



He was held scoreless in 1938 during a state playoff game (!!) against Elizabethton. D-B lost 39-0. He atoned the next year in a big way, with 5 touchdowns and over 300 yards.



Here is the game story for that 1939 game:



He was even the subject of a cartoon that was published in sports sections all over the country. This is from the Charleston W.Va. paper:



His picture was also published in numerous newspapers. This is from LaCrosse Wisconsin. He was a handsome kid and after one photo was carried by the Associated Press he received over 400 letters from girls all over the country.



Bobby was more than just a football star. He was a member of three D-B track state championship teams 1936, 1937 and 1940 and won ten separate state championship trophies:
1936 Shot Put 50'0" State Champion
1937 Discus Throw 115'1" State Champion
1937 Shot Put 49' 11" State Champion
1939 Long Jump 21 '2 1/2' State Champion
1939 120 Yd Hi Hurdle 16.0 State Champion
1939 200 Low Hurdles 24.7 State Champion
1940 Discus Throw 147'10 1/2" State Champion
1940 Shot Put 52'11 1/2" State Champion
1940 120 Yd Hi Hurdle 15.5 State Champion
1940 200 Low Hurdles 24. 7 State Champion

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