Three finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class of the1930s were named in an emailed press release on Sunday, Oct. 6. They are Millard Howell and Don Hutson (Alabama) and Howard Jones (USC). The remaining nominees, chosen by the Football Writers Association of America for the 100th playing of the Granddaddy of Them All, will be announced each week by decade; the details of the selection and schedule have been posted in this column.
Millard “Dixie” Howell led the Crimson Tide to its fourth national championship in the 1935 Rose Bowl Game. He rushed for two touchdowns of five and 67 yards and threw a 59-yard pass to Hutson for a touchdown. He was selected Player of the Game for his performance. The final score against Stanford was 29-13. Howell went on to the NFL and coaching at Arizona State Teachers College (now Arizona State) and Idaho and gained an overall record of 36-35-6. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1993.
It was a partial baseball scholarship that brought Don Hutson to Alabama, but he got into the football program as well. He caught six passes for 165 yards and scored on receptions of 59 and 54 yards in the 1935 Rose Bowl Game. After college, the All-American continued in professional football and was named NFL Player of the year twice, in 1941 and 1942, playing for the Green Bay Packers. When Hutson retired, he held almost all the NFL’s receiving records, many of which still belong to him today. He was a charter member of both the NFL and College Football Hall of Fames and a 1993 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inductee.
Coach Howard “The Headman” Jones led USC to the Rose Bowl Game five times during the ‘30s, winning every time with a combined total of 95 points. Before he came, Trojan football had not won a national title nor featured a single All-American. His tenure of 16 years saw 19 All-Americans, eight Pacific Coast Conference titles, and a perfect Rose Bowl Game record. Rose Bowl victories in 1932, 1933 and 1939 led to national championships for USC. The coach’s overall record for the Trojans was 121-36-13 from 1925 to 1940. Jones is both an inaugural member of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame (1989) and a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame (1951).
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