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Harrison Sam Francis
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1913
Otoe County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Apr. 23, 2002
Greene County
Missouri, USA

Veteran of the U.S. Army (LTC); serving in WW II, Korea, and Vietnam
Married Lyneve Rich 17/Feb/1939 at Warrensburg, MO.

Sam Francis was born on October 26, 1913 in Dunbar, Nebraska and passed away on April 23, 2002 in Springfield, Missouri.
Sam Francis is one of the greatest athletes in Husker sports history. Not only did Francis place runner-up in the Heisman Trophy to Yale’s Larry Kelley in 1936, but he also placed fourth in the shot-put at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Francis is one of only four athletes to be named a First-Team All-American in both football and track.
Francis is the one that got away from Kansas, legendary Kansas basketball coach Phog Allen believed that Francis was going to be a Jayhawk, but before school started Francis spent two week on the KU campus and felt uncomfortable. Francis then left for Lincoln and was to be a Cornhusker.
While at Nebraska, Francis was part of two Big Six Conference champions and competed in the shot-put on the track team. Francis was an All-Big Six selection in football in 1935 and 1936 and a First-Team All-American in 1936. Francis also led the fan’s voting for the 1937 College All-State Game in Chicago.
Francis also excelled in track at Nebraska as he won the shot-put at the Texas, Kansas and Drake Relays in 1936 and 1937. Francis also won the Big Six indoor and outdoor championships in the shot-put twice and was the NCAA champion in 1937.
After college Francis continued into the NFL where he was the first overall pick in the 1937 Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Francis would play for four years in the NFL and also played for the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers. Francis’ NFL career was cut short when he left to serve in the Army during World War II.
Francis also tried his hand at coaching when he was the head coach at Kansas State in 1947.
For his athletic accomplishments, Francis was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1972, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1977, and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Family links: 
  Viscount Alexander Francis (1880 - 1949)
  Ella B Warnock Francis (1882 - 1967)
  Lyneve R Rich Francis (1920 - 2008)
  Timothy Fletcher Francis (1941 - 2004)*
  Timothy Fletcher Francis (1941 - 2004)*
  Robert Mark Francis (1956 - 1977)*
  Ione E Thomsen (1901 - 1985)*
  Irene K Francis Anderson (1903 - 1987)*
  Stewart Francis (1906 - 1965)*
  Lowell Alexander Francis (1910 - 2001)*
  Harrison Sam Francis (1913 - 2002)
  Ellen B Francis Graves (1915 - 1971)*
  Viscount Alvin Francis (1918 - 1965)*
  Virginia Mae Francis Wineinger (1922 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship
OCT 26 1913
APR 23 2002
Springfield National Cemetery
Greene County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Sec 13, Site 48C
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Jean ღ
Record added: Oct 26, 2005
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Thank you for serving in the U.S. Army. All gave some, some gave all; our freedom doesn't come free.
- Jean ღ
 Added: May. 20, 2009

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