Todd, Dick 1975-07-12

From SWC Oral History Collection
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dick Todd recalls his football career from high school to professional coaching, noting changes in the game and its progress over the last forty years.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dick Todd

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 12, 1975

Location: Crowell, Texas

Interviewer: Neil Sapper

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Personal history, Grady Graves, high school football coach at Crowell, recalled, High school football success recalled in 1933 and 1934, Attended Texas A & M University (1935-1938), Homer Norton, head coach, recalled, Football career at A & M, Fellow players, Adjustment from high school football, Competition discussed, Change from college to pro-football with Washington Redskins discussed, Ray Flaherty, Redskins’ coach, discussed, Sammy Baugh, Redskin teammate, discussed, Dud De Groot and Clark Shaughnessy, Redskin coaches of the 1940s discussed, Football tactics of the 1940s explained, Navy football with the Iowa Seahawks (1942-1945), Coach Don Faurot’s "T" formation discussed, Bud Wilkinson and fellow players discussed, Changes in football between 1939 and 1949, Coach Turk Edwards and Herman Ball recalled, Redskin owner George Marshall recalled, Coached with Harry Stietler at Texas A & M two years, Recalls the President’s Cup game against Georgia, Served as assistant coach of Redskins under Herman Ball, Promoted to head coach in 1950, Relationship with the press.

Tape 1, Side 2: Reason for quitting Redskins in 1951, Involvement with Redskins since 1951, Redskin coaching career and favorite players discussed, Quality of Texas football players on the Redskin team, Coached at Washington and SMU, Reason for short terms as head coach, Head coach at Midwestern two years, Reason for doing away with football team, Injury in Denver exhibition game with Redskins (1948), Involvement in ranching in Crowell, Fellow Crowell teammates, People involved in career, Sports enthusiasm at Crowell past and present, Team rivalries in football, Changes in college football, Importance of team spirit, Effect of salary negotiations.

Range Dates: 1933-1975

Bulk Dates: 1933-1975

Access Information

Original Recording Format:

Recording Format Notes:


Thank you for your interest in this oral history interview. Our oral history collection is available to patrons in the Southwest Collection's Reading Room, located on the campus of Texas Tech University. For reading room hours, visit our website. Please contact Reference Staff at least one week prior to your visit to ensure the oral history you are interested in will be available. Due to copyright issues, duplications of our oral histories can only be made for family members. If an oral history transcript has been made available online, the link will be provided on this page. More information on accessing our oral histories is located here. Preferred citation style can be found here.