Travis Tidwell
Class of 1975

Category: Football

Born: 2/5/1925
Died: 7/1/2004
Birthplace: Birmingham, AL

Travis Tidwell was born February 5, 1925, in Birmingham, Alabama. He played collegiately at Auburn University.  Lettered both in football and baseball. As a freshman quarterback in 1946 he led the nation in total offense. He is only the second freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in total offense.  He also led the nation in total offense in 1949.  He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the SEC ('49).  Was a two time All-American.  He is perhaps best known for leading Auburn to an upset win over arch rival Alabama in '49 14-13.  Playing in the Blue-Gray game and scored on a 75 yard punt return.  Played in first Senior Bowl and threw two touchdowns. He was a charter member of the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame.  He was a first round draft choice of the New York Giants in 1950.  After two seasons with the Giants, he went north and played in the Canadian Football League for several years with the Edmonton Tiger Cats.  He returned to Auburn briefly and coached under (fellow ASHOF inductee) Ralph "Shug" Jordan.  He died on July 1, 2004.

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