Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Jackie Hunt

Jackie Hunt

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Marshall
  • High School: Huntington, WV (Huntington HS)
  • Years: 1938-1941
  • Inducted: 2004
  • Place of Birth: Huntington, WV
  • Date of Birth: Feb 17, 1920
  • Place of Death: Proctorville, OH
  • Date of Death: Jun 21, 1991
  • Jersey Number: 75
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 192

Member Biography

Halfback Jackie Hunt was clearly the greatest player in Marshall's first half century of football. Hunt lettered as a freshman in 1938, and became a third team All-Conference player in his sophomore season scoring seven touchdowns. He became the featured back in Marshall's single wing attack in 1940. After a good but not spectacular start to the season, Hunt finished strong, scoring 21 touchdowns in the season's final five games. His 27 scores for the year set an NCAA record that would last for 31 seasons. Jackie made the first of back-to-back Little All-America teams. With the opposition keying on him on every play, Hunt still managed to score nine times as a senior and rush for 773 yards in eight games played. He finished his career with 43 touchdowns coming on 1,956 yards. He played in the Blue-Gray game and was drafted by the Chicago Bears. Due to his service during World War II, he lost his prime athletic years and played only one season of professional football.