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Larry Weldon
No. 31     
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1915-06-24)June 24, 1915
Place of birth: Sumter, South Carolina
Date of death: August 17, 1990(1990-08-17) (aged 75)
Place of death: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Career information
College: Presbyterian
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 1944 1945)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Games played     12
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Lawrence Davis "Coon" Weldon (June 24, 1915 – August 17, 1990) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins. He attended Presbyterian College.

Early lifeEdit

Weldon was born in Sumter, South Carolina and attended Hillcrest High School in Dalzell, South Carolina, where he played high school football.

College careerEdit

Weldon attended and played college football at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. He also played baseball.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Dixie LeagueEdit

After college, Weldon played for the Portsmouth Cubs of the Dixie League, and won the championship in 1939 and 1940. He set a new league record by throwing seven touchdown passes in the span of ten games. Over a span of 20 games in 1939 and 1940, the Cubs managed to win 16 games, lose two, and tie two games (a .889 winning percentage). He led the Dixie league in scoring in 1938 and 1939, and was named the league MVP in 1939.[2] He returned to the Dixie League in 1946, and played for the Norfolk Shamrocks.[3]

BaseballEdit

While playing in the Dixie League, Weldon also played Major League Baseball (MLB) as a pitcher under the moniker "Larry Jacobs". He took the assumed name because he was under contract to the St. Louis Cardinals and didn't want the owners to know he was playing football.[1] He also used this name with the San Diego Padres.[4] He played for the Spartansburg Spartans, the Cardinals' farm team in the South Atlantic (Sally) League.[5]

NFLEdit

Weldon played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins in 1944-1945. He was the backup quarterback behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh.

American Football LeagueEdit

After playing with the Redskins, Weldon played for the Wilmington Clippers of the American Football League in 1946.[6] He returned as coach for the Clippers in 1949, after a brief stint as an assistant coach at West Virginia University.[7]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring from professional football, Weldon became a high school football coach. He was the head football coach at Cradock High School in Portsmouth, Virginia for 19 seasons (now Woodrow Wilson High School), then stepped down in 1969 to become the athletic director, a position he held until 1972.[1] He then resigned to become a principal in Lunenburg County, Virginia.[1] He also coached at Bishopville High School in Bishopville, South Carolina, Hargrave Military Academy, and Presbyterian College.[1]

In 1946, Weldon hired Art Baker as Sumter High School's B Team head coach, which was Baker's first coaching position.[8] Baker went on to be the head coach of the Furman (1973–1977), The Citadel (1978–1982) and East Carolina (1985–1988) college football programs.[9] In 1948, Weldon was chosen to be the head coach of "Lower State" team in the first annual South Carolina high school football all-star game, which they won.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Weldon was married with four children. He died on August 17, 1990 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Lawrence Weldon, Was Redskins Player And Cradock Coach". The Virginian-Pilot. August 18, 1990. http://rqbing.tripod.com/1919-1992_staff/weldon_larry.htm. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  2. Gill, Bob (1988). "Coffin Corner: A History of the Dixie League". Pro Football Researchers. http://profootballresearchers.com/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/10-An-356.pdf. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  3. "1946 Norfolk Shamrocks (DFL)". The Pro Football Archives. http://www.profootballarchives.com/1946dflnor.html. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  4. Albee, Richard (October 30, 2011). "The Sunday Horse". Equine Chronicle Online. http://equinechronicleonline.com/the-sunday-horse/. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  5. "Spartans Overpower League-Leading Red Birds, 14-7". Spartanburg Herald (Google News Archives): p. 10. May 18, 1938. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19380518&id=t4ssAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zsoEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6623,1588721&hl=en. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  6. "1946 Wilmington Clippers (AFL)". The Pro Football Archives. http://www.profootballarchives.com/1946aflwil.html. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  7. "New Coach for Clippers". Reading Eagle (Google News Archives): p. 34. October 5, 1949. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19491005&id=2bwhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uJ0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3051,1643767&hl=en. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  8. Morris, Ron (August 23, 2014). "Coach for Life: 'The Lord's plan' kept Art Baker in coaching for almost seven decades". The State. http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/article13877951.html. Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  9. "Art Baker Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/coaching/alltime_coach_year_by_year.php?coachid=83. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  10. Boyanoski, John (2010). High School Football in South Carolina: Palmetto Pigskin History, The History Press. ISBN 978-1-59629-979-5.

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