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 Travis Vaughn Tidwell

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Travis Vaughn Tidwell

  • Birth 5 Feb 1925 Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 1 Jul 2004 Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 16556181

Travis Tidwell played collegiately at Auburn University, Lettering both in football and baseball. As a freshman quarterback in 1946 he led the nation in total offense. He is only the second freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in total offense. He also led the nation in total offense in 1949. He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the SEC ('49). Was a two time All-American. He is perhaps best known for leading Auburn to an upset win over arch rival Alabama in '49 14-13. Playing in the Blue-Gray game and scored on a 75 yard punt return. Played in first Senior Bowl and threw two touchdowns. He was a charter member of the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame. He was a first round draft choice of the New York Giants in 1950. After two seasons with the Giants, he went north and played in the Canadian Football League for several years with the Edmonton Tiger Cats. He returned to Auburn briefly and coached under Ralph "Shug" Jordan. He died on July 1, 2004.*
* From Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Husband of Juanita Tidwell, and father of Vaughn and William Tidwell.

A second excerpt taken from article by his fellow classmate Bob Ingram, written in Montgomery, AL, July 2004:
"I am not paid by this newspaper to write a sports column but I am compelled to make mention of the death of a long-ago Auburn football star who in my book ranks right up there with the likes of Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and any other Tiger you want to name.
Travis Tidwell died at the age of 78 and I am not persuaded he got the send off he deserved. From 1946-49 (during my years at Auburn) Tidwell was a two-time All American. As a freshman he led the nation in total offense, and repeated that performance in his senior year even though hobbled by a broken leg suffered in a baseball game.
Tidwell, a combat veteran of World War II, had the misfortune of playing at Auburn at a time when the Tigers were miserable. But he was one of the best ever to wear the burnt orange and blue.
If for no other reason, Auburn fans should remember Tidwell for quarterbacking the Tigers to a stunning 14-13 victory over Alabama in 1949. It was by far the biggest upset in Iron Bowl history. The Tide was a three-touchdown favorite after having demolished Auburn 55-0 the previous year."

Gravesite Details Earlier thought to have been in Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, but in error.

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  • Created by: Wes Phinney
  • Added: 8 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16556181
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Travis Vaughn Tidwell (5 Feb 1925–1 Jul 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16556181, ; Maintained by Wes Phinney (contributor 46596535) Unknown.