P.W. "Bear" Underwood

Born: October 16, 1931

Died: February 4, 2013

Hometown: Cordova, AL

Year of Induction: 1986


College Football Career

Mississippi State (1950-1951)
U.S. Army, Fort Jackson, SC (1952-1954)

• All Service football team

Southern Mississippi (1954-1956)

• Started at guard and tackle for three seasons

• USM Sports Hall of Fame

• USM Team of the Century (2000)


Pro Football Career

• Drafted by Chicago Bears (1954)

• Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Canadian Football League (1957-1958)

• CFL “Fabulous Fifties” Team


Football Coaching Career

Rocky Creek High School (1959-1961)
East Tallahatchie High School (1962)
Southern Mississippi (1963-1966)

– Ranked #1 nationally in total defense for three years

Tennessee (1967-1968)
Vanderbilt (1975)
Auburn (1976-1980)
Southern Mississippi (1969-1974)

• UPI Coach of the Week for 30-14 win over #4 ranked Ole Miss (’69)

Did You Know?

P.W. Underwood once pulled a trapped motorist from a burning car, saving the man’s life. For high heroism, he received a special citation from President Nixon.