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 John Ayers Merritt

John Ayers Merritt

Birth
Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky, USA
Death 15 Dec 1983 (aged 57)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Taylor Circle, Lot 5-A, Grave 2
Memorial ID 9975 · View Source
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College Football Hall of Fame Coach. The ninth all-time most winning collegiate football coach with an overall record of 232-65-11. Best remembered as head coach at Tennessee State University, where his teams compiled a record of 172-33-7 between 1963 and 1983. Prior to coaching at Tennessee State, he coached for ten years at Jackson State University where his teams had a cumulative 60-32-4 record. Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Eldridge Dickey, Richard Dent, Waymond Bryant, Joe "747" Adams, Cleveland Elam, "Jefferson Street Joe" Gilliam, Jr., Vernon "Suki" Holland, Claude Humphrey, Joe "Turkey" Jones, James Marsalis, William Wynn, and Israel Lang are among his players who enjoyed success at the professional level. Nashville's "John A. Merritt Blvd." and "Big John Merritt Football Classic" are named in his honor .


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 17 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9975
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Ayers Merritt (26 Jan 1926–15 Dec 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9975, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .