Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Buck "Buck" Flowers

Buck "Buck" Flowers

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Davidson, Georgia Tech
  • High School: Sumter, SC (Sumter HS)
  • Years: 1916-1920
  • Inducted: 1955
  • Place of Birth: Sumter, SC
  • Date of Birth: Mar 26, 1899
  • Place of Death: Birmingham, AL
  • Date of Death: Apr 01, 1983
  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 152

Member Biography

Allen R. "Buck" Flowers played two years at Davidson 1916- 17, and three at Georgia Tech 1918-20. In 1917 he made a 68-yard run for Davidson against Navy. In 1920, playing for Georgia Tech against Auburn, he scored on punt returns of 82 and 65 yards and on a run from scrimmage of 33 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass of 25 yards. That year he also made an 82-yard punt against Georgetown and an 85-yard punt return against Davidson. For the season he rushed 80 times for 819 yards, returned 26 punts for 429 yards, completed 9 passes for 255 yards, drop-kicked 2 extra points, and averaged 47 yards on punts. Coach Bill Alexander called him �pound for pound, my greatest player.� In 1920 he was listed at 5-8 in height and 152 pounds in weight. �But I weighed only 117 my first year of college ball,� Flowers said. The Atlanta Journal said he was �flitting like a phantom, an undulating, rippling, chromatic phantom, over the whitewashed lines.� The Nashville Banner: �...like a frightened ghost, weaving, twisting, floating just out of reach.� Sports writer Morgan Blake wrote, �The Auburn Tiger came up with claws sharpened. As he writhed in death agony when the battle was over, he made one request, �Please omit Flowers.'" Flowers was born March 26, 1899, in Sumter South Carolina. He died in 1983 in Birmingham, Alabama.