Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Henry Phillips

Henry Phillips


  • Position: Guard
  • School: Sewanee
  • High School: Atlanta, GA (Boys HS)
  • Years: 1900-1905
  • Inducted: 1959
  • Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Birth: Jan 16, 1882
  • Place of Death: Boone, NC
  • Date of Death: Jun 29, 1955
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

Henry Phillips embraced a rare love for the game of football, an affection for the sport which demanded intensity of play tempered by a soft-hearted sportsmanship, which was unique in those years of blood-and-thunder competition. He disliked losing and, indeed, he rarely suffered defeat. During his six seasons as a varsity player and two as a line coach, Phillips led the University of the South (Sewanee) to six Southern Intercollegiate Championships. He was a lanky lineman, standing 6-4, and weighing 185-pounds. His quickness, incredible arm-reach and ability to diagnose an enemy pattern made him one of Sewanee's truest stars. Phillips captained the 1902 team that finished 6-2-0, and he earned the first of three straight All-Conference trophies that year. After six seasons in a Purple Tiger uniform, Phillips could not stay away from the Sewanee gridiron. He returned to his alma mater to serve as line coach for the 1908 and 1909 campaigns. He later was named to a two-year term as president of the Southern Intercollegiate Association. Phillips died in 1955, after spending most of his adult life as a clergyman in the Episcopal Church. He and fellow Hall of Famer Henry Seibels were named to the All-Time Sewanee Team.