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John Black HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 08, 2013
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John Black

John Black HOF
     Three-year letterman in football and basketball, captain of 1940 football team. First team All-Border Conference in 1939 and 1940. Nationally ranked in 1939 top ten in three categories: total offense (5th), rushing (8th) and interceptions (4th). Led Southwest in rushing and pass interceptions, and was second in total offense. Although slowed by early season injuries in 1940, he ranked sixth in Southwest in total offense and seventh in passing and scoring. Three-year starting guard on Wildcat basketball squad. Drafted by New York Giants football team. Coached UA freshman football team to 5-0 record 1941. Served as assistant football coach in 1946 and basketball assistant, 1946-47. Outstanding high school football coach, leading Phoenix Union to undefeated season and state title in 1948 when he was voted state high school Coach of the Year. Received first athletic program service award, presented by UA Letterman Club in 1961, and UA Alumni Service Award at 1964 Homecoming.
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