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Bobby Davis


Robert Thomas Davis, Jr.

Inducted 1978

Date of Birth



Columbus, GA


Georgia Tech (1944-1947)


He was only 17 years old when he arrived on the Georgia Tech campus, a 6-4, 220-pound freshman. Bobby Davis stepped right into the varsity lineup. This phenomenal freshman combined foot speed to tracking down enemy runners and unusual strength to wrestle them to the turf. As a senior in 1947, Davis played one of his finest games for the Yellow jackets as they defeated Duke, 7-0. That day, Davis stopped four Duke scoring threats, twice nailing the ball carrier inside the Tech 5-yard line. His coach, Bobby Dodd, said, "His tackle play was the finest I saw in any game." Duke coach Wallace Wade agreed, calling Davis, "a truly great tackle". Davis was a four-year starter for Tech, winning All-Southeastern Conference honors in each of his three final seasons and claiming All-America status as a senior. After graduation, Davis played pro ball for the Boston Yanks before entering the Army. He later became president of the Dixie Yarns textile business in Chattanooga, Tenn.


Height 6'4

Weight 220

Career Highlights

  • 1947 All-Conference
  • 1947 Consensus All-America
  • 1946 All-Conference
  • 1946 First Team All-America 1946 All-Conference
  • 1945 All-Conference
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