TU's first family: Glenn and Bobby Dobbs succeeded on field, sideline for Hurricane
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Sunday, August 19, 2012
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Brothers Glenn and Bobby Dobbs were Texas natives who played Oklahoma high school football in Frederick and wound up becoming two of the more significant figures - both as players and coaches - in University of Tulsa football history.
Glenn was a Golden Hurricane superstar - a passing halfback and punter who in 1940-42 led TU to a 25-6 record. At the end of the 1942 season, the Hurricane was ranked fourth nationally and Glenn was an AP All-American.
Bobby was a TU fullback in 1942-43 and went on, after having joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, to become a starter on Army's 1944 national championship team.
Each of the Dobbs brothers had a successful run as the Hurricane coach. Bobby's 1958 squad was 7-3, winning at Arkansas and prevailing in home games against Oklahoma State, Arizona and Texas Tech.
In 1961, after serving in the military and playing several seasons of pro football, Glenn Dobbs succeeded his brother as the TU coach. During five of the eight seasons that Glenn coordinated the offense, TU led the nation in passing yards. A Hurricane player was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1964 (quarterback Jerry Rhome) and again in 1965 (wide receiver Howard Twilley).
Bobby Dobbs died in 1986. Glenn passed away in 2002. Enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, Glenn Dobbs is one of only eight players whose jersey has been retired by TU. Immediately north of H.A. Chapman Stadium, a section of Eighth Street was renamed Glenn Dobbs Drive in 2000.
Bobby (left) and Glenn Dobbs. University of Tulsa/Courtesy