Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Clarence "Doc" Spears

Clarence "Doc" Spears


  • Position: Guard
  • School: Knox, Dartmouth
  • High School: Kewanee, IL (Kewanee HS)
  • Years: 1912, 1914-1915
  • Inducted: 1955
  • Place of Birth: Dewitt, AR
  • Date of Birth: Jul 24, 1894
  • Place of Death: Jupiter, FL
  • Date of Death: Feb 01, 1964
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 230

Member Biography

"Doc" Spears was torn between two loves - football and medicine. Football won out, at least long enough for the man with the ever-present smile to make a major contribution to the sport. As an All-America guard at Dartmouth and, later, as one of the game's most-respected coaches, Spears left an indelible mark. He was huge at 230-pounds, a player of unusual strength when he won All-America honors in 1914 and 1915. During those two seasons, Spears helped Dartmouth to a 16-2-1 mark, losing only to Princeton each year. Spears returned to Dartmouth in 1917, serving as the Green's head coach for the next four campaigns and compiling a record of 21-9-1. Along the way, he completed his medical studies at the University of Chicago and Rush Medical School. But it was football that tugged hardest at his heart. From Dartmouth, he went on to coach at West Virginia, Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin, Toledo and Maryland. His 1927 Minnesota team went unbeaten and, over the years, Spears developed Hall of Fame fullbacks Bronko Nagurski and Herb Joesting. Finally, thirty years after he first played at Dartmouth, Spears surrendered his active participation in football and settled down to practice medicine.