Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bobby Wilson

Bobby Wilson


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Southern Methodist
  • High School: Corsicana, TX (Corsicana HS)
  • Years: 1933-1935
  • Inducted: 1973
  • Place of Birth: Nacogdoches, TX
  • Date of Birth: Aug 16, 1913
  • Place of Death: Brenham,TX
  • Date of Death: May 15, 1999
  • Jersey Number: 11
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 147

Member Biography

It was fourth down and four yards to go in the final quarter, the score tied at 14-14. Southern Methodist lined up in kick formation at the Texas Christian 37-yard line. Unexpectedly, Bob Finley broke from his punting stance and lofted a long pass toward the goal as Bobby Wilson raced across the chalk lines. Wilson grabbed the falling football on the four, and tumbled into the end zone for the score that gave SMU a 20- 14 victory which many feel was the most important in Southern Methodist gridiron history. Why? Because it led to a Rose Bowl appearance, and despite a 7-0 loss to Stanford, brought $85,000 in revenue - the exact amount needed to pay off the mortgage on the new SMU Stadium. Thus, Wilson's TD catch became known as the $85,000 touchdown. Bobby was one of the game's top little men, an All-America choice in both 1934 and 1935. Coached by Ray Morrison and Matty Bell, his long runs from scrimmage, his punt and kickoff returns and his team leadership not only helped SMU to a 12-game winning streak, but made him the first Southwest back to win All-America laurels. In 1934, Bobby led the Southwest Conference in scoring (48 points), then repeated the feat with 72 points in 1935, when SMU won the Southwest Conference Championship. Wilson was born August 16, 1913, in Nacogdoches Texas. He died May 15, 1999 in Brenham, Texas.