Thompson "Tommy" Prothro nacque il 20 luglio del 1920 a Memphis nel
fu un giocatore e un allenatore di football americano di primo piano, sia
a livello dilettantistico che a livello professionale.
Prothro, era figlio d'arte essendo stato suo padre
Doc, un giocatore, un allenatore e un manager di football.
Laureato in scienza politiche, da studente gioc˛
anche a baseball e a lacrosse e divenne quarterback per i
Duke Blue Devils con i quali nel 1942 vinse la
Abbandonato ben presto il ruolo di giocatore pass˛
presto in panchina e allen˛ per quasi trenta anni le migliori squadre del Paese.
Prothro che si mantenne sempre attivo nelle
strategie di investimento, nel 1973 rimase libero da occupazioni sportive e si
potÚ dedicare al suo hobby preferito: il Bridge.
Non allen˛ pi¨ ma fu premiato con l' inserimento in
diverse Hall of Fame del football americano. Si dedic˛ al bridge giocando per
diversi anni a livello internazionale in coppia con
Morý il 14 maggio del 1995 dopo aver combattuto un cancro per tre anni.
James Thompson "Tommy"
Prothro, Jr. (July 20, 1920 ľ May 14, 1995)
American football coach at both the
collegiate and professional levels for more
than 30 years.
Prothro, a native of
Memphis, Tennessee, was the son of major
baseball player and manager
Doc Prothro, who played for three teams
between 1920 and 1926, then managed the
Philadelphia Phillies from 1939-1941
before buying a minor league team in Memphis
called the Chicks.
Clifton Cates, was commandant of the
United States Marine Corps.
younger Prothro found his niche in football, starting out as a
Duke Blue Devils.
In 1941, Prothro's versatility on the field helped
him win the
Jacobs award as the best blocker in the
Southern Conference as the Blue Devils reached the
1942 Rose Bowl. During his time at the school, Prothro also competed
in baseball and
lacrosse, and graduated from the school in 1942 with a degree in
Prothro was drafted in the fifth round of the
1942 NFL Draft by the
New York Giants, but rejected the opportunity in favor of a budding
coaching career and a brief attempt at professional baseball.
In 1973 Prothro remained out of the game,
actively pursuing investment strategies, as well as his main
Prothro would not return to
football in any official capacity for the remainder of
his life, but was honored for his career efforts by
selection to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, the
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, and the
College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
bridge player, for a number of years he partnered
Omar Sharif in international competition.
He died in
1995 after a three-year battle with