Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Arnold Tucker

Arnold Tucker

Details

  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: Miami (FL), Army
  • High School: Miami HS (Miami, FL)
  • Years: 1943-1946
  • Inducted: 2008
  • Place of Birth: Calhoun Falls, SC
  • Date of Birth: Jan 05, 1924
  • Jersey Number: 17
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 172

Member Biography

Few quarterbacks in college football history can match the unprecedented success of the 1946 Sullivan Award winner, Army�s Arnold Tucker, a selection from the NFF Honors Review Committee*. A member of three National Championship teams (1944-46), Tucker was undefeated at Army, leading his fellow cadets to an unparalleled 27-0-1 record during his prolific career. He was one-fourth of the 1946 Army backfield, coached by West Point legend Earl �Red� Blaik and considered by many as the greatest of all time � Tucker, Tom McWilliams and Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. The 1946 All-American led Army to three Lambert Trophies, passing for 1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns in his three-year campaign and trouncing perennial powerhouses Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. He played for the University of Miami in 1943. After graduation from the USMA and flying training, Tucker returned to West Point as an assistant backfield coach. He later served in numerous capacities for both the Army and Air Force, including Deputy Chief of Operations for the 5th AF in Japan from 1968-1970 and Commanding Officer of the 16th Special Operations Squadron in Thailand in 1970. From 1971-74, Tucker acted as Commanding Officer of the Army ROTC program at the University of Miami. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and presently lives in the Miami area.