THE BOBBY DODD WAY
Legendary former Georgia Tech football coach Bobby
Dodd never saw the point in having a whole lot of rules.
He was a firm believer that the more rules you had, the
more that would eventually be broken. Dodd believed that
keeping things simple was better, that instilling a sense of
right and wrong in his players and letting them know early
on what was expected of them was the best way to go.
He was a football coach too, so, naturally, winning
mattered, but Dodd was always more adamant that there
was a right way to go about it. He was a firm believer that
the three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity
held more long term importance to a young person than the
outcome of any game.
“He always told us to prepare yourself to take your place
in society,” said George Morris, the captain of Tech’s
1952 national championship team and former president
of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “After
football is over, take a place in society and make a positive
That was Dodd’s mantra for all of his 22 years at The Flats,
the cumulative result being a mix of
academic and athletic successes that
has since been the model for others to
Dodd reassured parents, telling
them, “We’re not miracle
workers, but if you send us a
good boy to Georgia Tech,
we’ll send you a good boy
won 165 games
and a national
a place in
lore for his
Coach Bobby Dodd held a .713 winning percentage and led Georgia Tech
to a national championship during his time at The Flats.
His successes off the field with his players were equally
as deep and far reaching, one reason why Peach Bowl, Inc.
and the Bobby Dodd Foundation have teamed up to present
the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
Each year, the recipient of The Dodd Trophy is announced in
Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.
“We feel the tie-in with Peach Bowl, Inc. and the
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will tremendously heighten the
awareness of the award and refresh the memory of Coach
Dodd and the standards he set for young athletes,” said
Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year
Dodd, a former All-American quarterback at Tennessee
who helped lead the Volunteers to a 27-1-2 record, became
Tech’s head coach in 1944 after serving as an assistant
under William Alexander, and ushered in what Jackets fans
consider the “golden age” of the school’s football program.
His sterling .713 winning percentage and 165-64-8 record
over the 22 years speaks volumes as Dodd guided Tech to a
31-game winning streak from 1951- 53, including a perfect
12-0 mark and a national title in 1952. He helped 21 Yellow
Jackets earn All-America honors, and went 9-4 in bowl
games, winning eight in a row.
“I speak with pride when I tell people I played for and
coached for Bobby Dodd because his name and his
reputation have a special significance to people who
have enjoyed college sports,” former Arkansas AD, Frank
Broyles, once wrote in a tribute to Dodd.
Dodd stepped down from coaching following the 1966
season, but continued his 57-year association with Tech
until his death at age 79 on June 21, 1988.
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