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Bo McMillin

Born: Jan 12, 1895

Death: Mar 31, 1952

Birthplace: Prairie Hill

Nationality: United States

Bo McMillin

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1895
Date of Death : Mar 31, 1952
Birth Place : Prairie Hill

Alvin Nugent "Bo" McMillin was an American football player and coach, who served at both the collegiate and professional levels. He played college football at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he was a three-time All-American at quarterback, and led the Centre Praying Colonels to a historic upset victory over Harvard in 1921. After graduating from Centre, McMillin played professionally with the Milwaukee Badgers and Cleveland Indians, two early teams of the National Football League, in 1922 and 1923. McMillin served as the head football coach at Centenary College of Louisiana, Geneva College, Kansas State University, and Indiana University, compiling a career college football coaching record of 140–77–13. He then returned to the NFL, coaching the Detroit Lions from 1948 to 1950 and the Philadelphia Eagles for the first two games of the 1951 season before he succumbed to a fatal illness. His career NFL coaching mark was 14–24. McMillin's legendary "poor mouthing", pronounced in his distinctive Texas drawl, was in sharp contrast to his teams' successes. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1951.

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