James "Red" Weaver

James Redwick Weaver


James "Red" Weaver




James Redwich "Red" Weaver, Class of 1921, was a four-year letterman in football at Centre College. Weaver was born in Garland, Texas, on July 19, 1897, and attended high school in Fort Worth, Texas (North Side) and Somerset, Kentucky. At North Side, Weaver's coach was Robert L. Myers, Centre Class of 1907. Weaver graduated from North Side in 1916. With Myers's assistance, several of the best players from North Side moved to Kentucky in 1916 to play football at Centre. Lacking sufficient high school credits to enter college, however, Weaver and McMillin enrolled at Somerset (Ky.) High School for the 1916-17 year. Already on the Somerset team was Red Roberts, and the three formed the nucleaus for a powerful squad that was undefeated that year. Myers returned to Centre in 1917 as head football coach, and Weaver entered Centre as a freshman in the fall of 1917. As a center for the 1921 Centre football team, he was named to Walter Camp's All-American Team, and held the distinction of being the smallest lineman ever to make All-American. He held the NCAA record for 99 consecutive points after touchdowns in the 1919 and 1920 seasons. Weaver failed to earn enough credits to graduate from Centre, and after leaving Danville played professional football in Columbus, Cleveland, Huntington, West Virginia and the New York Giants. Weaver died on November 23, 1968, in Mayfield, Ky.


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