Doyle Nave
No. 17
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:(1915-07-12)July 12, 1915
Bedford County, Pennsylvania
Died:December 10, 1990(1990-12-10) (aged 75)
Los Angeles County, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:174 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Manual Arts (CA)
Black-Foxe Military Institute (CA)
College:USC
NFL Draft:1940 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
  • Hawaii Polar Bears (1940s)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Samuel Doyle Nave (July 12, 1915 – December 10, 1990) was an American football player and coach. He was known for coming off the bench and throwing the game-winning touchdown in the 1939 Rose Bowl. He was drafted 6th overall by the Detroit Lions but did not play for them. Afterwards he was the head coach of the Hawaii Polar Bears, a minor-league team.

Early life

Doyle Nave was born on July 12, 1915 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

College career

Nave went to college at USC. He played on their freshmen team in 1936. From 1937 to 1939, he was one of their backup quarterbacks.

1939 Rose Bowl

In the 1939 Rose Bowl, he came off the bench with little time left and threw 4 straight completed passes to tight end Al Krueger.[1] His fourth pass was completed for a touchdown with seconds remaining to beat the Duke Blue Devils 7–3.[2][3][4][5][6] It was the only points Duke allowed all season.[2] Nave and Krueger were named MVPs and later were inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.[7]

He later pursued track and high jumping.[8]

Professional career

Detroit Lions

In 1940 Nave was drafted 6th overall by the Detroit Lions but he did not play for them.[9]

Hollywood Bears and Hawaii Polar Bears

After being drafted by the Lions, he became the Head Coach of the Hawaii Polar Bears, a minor league team.[10][11] He played for them and also played shortly with the Hollywood Bears.[9]

Death

Nave died on December 10, 1990 at the age of 75.[12]

Further reading

References

  1. ^ "Clipped From The Los Angeles Times". The Los Angeles Times. 1938-10-18. p. 31. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  2. ^ a b "USC football throwback: The trick that won the Trojans the 1939 Rose Bowl". Reign of Troy. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  3. ^ "Doyle Nave Thankful". The Los Angeles Times. 1939-01-03. p. 42. Retrieved 2021-03-15 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Joe Goss (1939-01-03). "DOYLE NAVE RIVALS NATION'S TOP HURLERS". News-Pilot. p. 6. Retrieved 2021-03-15 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Unsung Sub Quarterback Trojan Hero. Doyle Nave, Fourth Stringer, Hurls Last Minute Pag to Whip Duke, 7-3". Beatrice Daily Sun. 1939-01-03. p. 8. Retrieved 2021-03-15 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Paul Zimmerman (1939-01-03). "Touchdown Pass in Last Minute Decides Contest". The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune. p. 6. Retrieved 2021-03-15 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Museum, Grace Dee May (2020-01-01). "An Unlikely Hero – Doyle Nave Made Rose Bowl History". Grace Dee May Museum. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  8. ^ "Doyle Nave - 1939". The Los Angeles Times. 1939-03-14. p. 31. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  9. ^ a b "Doyle Nave Stats - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  10. ^ "Clipped From The Honolulu Advertiser". The Honolulu Advertiser. 1940-10-15. p. 8. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  11. ^ "NAVE HERE TO COACH". The Honolulu Advertiser. 1940-09-12. p. 10. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  12. ^ "Nave Dies; USC's Hero in '39 Game". Los Angeles Times. December 11, 1990.