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Darold Jenkins
No. --     
Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1919-06-06)June 6, 1919
Place of birth: Pettis County, Missouri
Date of death: September 16, 1986(1986-09-16) (aged 67)
Place of death: Independence, Missouri
High School: Higginsville (MO)
Career information
College: Missouri
Undrafted in 1942
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
*All-American (1941)
  • 2× All Big Six Team (1940, 1941)
College Football Hall of Fame

Darold Jenkins (June 6, 1919 – September 16, 1986) was an American football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976.[1]

BiographyEdit

Jenkins first joined Don Faurot's Missouri Tigers as a fullback, spending most of his time on the bench.[2] By mid way through his junior year, Jenkins had taken over as the starting center and went on to earn All Big Six Conference honors that season.[2][3]

In 1941, as a senior, Jenkins captained Missouri to a Big Six Conference Championship and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl against the Fordham Rams.[1] Jenkins again earned All Big Six Conference honors and became the first Tiger to earn consensus All-America honors.[1][2]

After college, Jenkins was a bomber pilot in World War II.[3] Flying his 27th mission, he was shot down and spent 17 months in a Nazi Germany POW camp.[3]

Upon his discharge from the military, Jenkins went to law school, becoming a practicing attorney in 1952, eventually working for the Missouri State Highway Commission.[1] He died September 16, 1986.[1]

LegacyEdit

Faurot said of Jenkins, "I would put him on my all-time Missouri team. He is fine on the field and off. Works just as hard in practices as in a game. And he is just as good on offense as defense. You must remember the center is a main cog in our quick breaking T formation."[2]

Jenkins was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1971,[4] the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976,[1] and was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.[3]

Jenkins was also named to the Missouri All-Homecoming Centennial Team in 2011.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Darold Jenkins". College Football Hall of Fame. http://www.collegefootball.org/famer_selected.php?id=40086. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Chamberlain, Charles (December 12, 1941). "Army to Get M.U. All-America Center". Lawrence Journal-World. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19411212&id=pmZeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HmENAAAAIBAJ&pg=2483,3598063. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Darold Jenkins". mutigers.com. http://www.mutigers.com/genrel/jenkins_darold00.html. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  4. "Darold Jenkins". Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. http://www.mosportshalloffame.com/inductee_detail/Darold+Jenkins/293. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  5. Wilkins, Marcus (Fall 2011). "All-Homecoming Centennial Team". Mizzou Magazine. http://mizzoumag.missouri.edu/2011-Fall/features/all-homecoming-team/. Retrieved 4 April 2012.

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