Beattie Feathers

Beattie Feathers

NFL player

Caption=Feathers during his time coaching at Texas Tech
DateOfBirth=birth date|1909|8|20|mf=y
Birthplace=Bristol, Virginia, United States
DateOfDeath=death date and age|1979|03|11|1909|08|20
Position=Running back
teams=Chicago Bears
Brooklyn Dodgers
Green Bay Packers
Honors=NFL 1930s All-Decade Team

William Beattie Feathers (August 20, 1909 – March 11, 1979) was an American football running back in the NFL. He played for the Chicago Bears, Brooklyn Dodgers and Green Bay Packers during his seven year career. He is credited as being the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in one season (1934). He held the NFL single season record for most yards per carry when he averaged 8.44 yards per attempt that same year, but the record was broken by Michael Vick during the 2006 season. He attended the University of Tennessee. He attended Virginia High School of Bristol, Virginia and led the school to its first state championship as team captain. Feathers later went on to coach football at Appalachian State and North Carolina State. He also coached baseball at Texas Tech [ [ Texas Tech Official Athletic Site: 2008 Baseball Media Guide] ] and Wake Forest.


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