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John Scarbrough
Sewanee TigersNo. N/A
Quarterback 1906
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Date of birth: (1885-10-20)October 20, 1885
Place of birth: Rockdale, Texas
Career history
Sewanee (1904–1905)
Career highlights and awards
*All-Southern (1904, 1905)
  • All-Time Sewanee 2nd Team

John William Scarbrough (October 20, 1885 – March 3, 1960) was a college football player.

Early years

John William Scarbrough was born on October 20, 1885 in Rockdale, Texas to Eugene Monroe Scarbrough and Ada Ledbetter.


Scarbrough was an All-Southern quarterback for the Sewanee Tigers of Sewanee: The University of the South,[1][2] and captain of its team in 1905. On the dedication of Harris Stadium, one writer noted "The University of the South has numbered among its athletes some of the greatest. Anyone who played against giant Henry Phillips in 1901-1903 felt that he was nothing less than the best as guard and fullback. Anyone who ever saw a punt from the foot of J. W. Scarbrough."[3] He scored the Tigers' only points in the 68 to 4 loss to Vanderbilt.


  1. W. R. Tichenor (December 3, 1905). "Football Experts Give Their Selections For An All-Southern Team". The Atlanta Constitution.
  2. "National and Southern Honors". Sewanee Football Media Guide: 31. 2011.
  3. "Stadium Has Harris Name". The Sewanee Purple. November 6, 1957.

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