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Jack Cloud


Jack Martin Cloud

Inducted 1990

Date of Birth



Britton, OK


College of William & Mary (1946-1949)


Jack Cloud set a school scoring record of 102 points in 1947 for William & Mary. He scored five touchdowns in one game. He was a third-team All-America in 1947, and a first-team pick in 1948. Grantland Rice wrote, "Jack Cloud may be the closest thing to Jim Thorpe. No fancy Dan, he is a throwback to the old style, head-down-and-plow type who churns out yardage in chunks." Cloud had another connection with Thorpe. Like Thorpe, he was of native American descent. Cloud came out of Britton, Oklahoma, and served three years as an Air Force gunner before college. He played professionally with Green Bay and Washington, then went back to William & Mary for a year as assistant coach. He served the U.S. Navy after that. From 1955-58 he was athletic director and head coach at Norfolk Naval Station. Then he joined the staff at the U.S. Naval Academy. Over a 22-year period he was plebe coach, lightweight coach, or assistant varsity coach. He remained on the faculty as associate professor of physical education and special assistant to the director of athletics. He retired from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990.


Height 5'10

Weight 210

Career Highlights

  • 1948 All-Conference
  • 1948 First Team All-America
  • 1947 All-Conference
  • 1947 Third Team All-America
  • 1946 All-Conference
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