Frank W. Thomas
Class of 1969

Category: Football

Born: 11/15/1898
Died: 5/11/1954
Birthplace: Muncie, IN

Frank W. Thomas was born November 15, 1898, in Muncie, Indiana. He was a four letterman at Washington High in East Chicago, Illinois. After two years at Western Sate College, Thomas went to quarterback for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame from 1920 to 1922. He roomed with George Gipp and broke in the "Four Horsemen". After coming south to coach at Georgia and Chattanooga, Thomas was recruited for Alabama by Wallace Wade in 1931. When he retired in 1946, Coach Thomas had led the Crimson Tide to four undefeated seasons, 3 Rose Bowls, one Sugar, one Cotton and one Orange Bowl. The only team to play in all four recognized Bowls in those days and in consecutive years. His record was 115-24-7 with two National Championship Teams. He was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1951 and the National Football Hall of Fame in 1952. He died May 11, 1954.

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