Thomas E. “Shorty” McWilliams


Born: May 12, 1926

Died: January 8, 1997

Hometown: Newton, MS

Year of Induction: 1963

 

College Career

Mississippi State (1944, 1946-1948)

• Totaled 1,808 career rushing yards

• Scored 19 career rushing touchdowns

• Rushed 148 yards on 16 carries against Auburn (’44)

• Holds MSU record for most plays in a single game with 36 against Tulane (’47)

• Scored 144 career points (24 TDs)

• Averaged 36.7 yards/punt (’48)

• Second Team All-American (’44)

• Nashville Banner SEC Most Valuable Player (’44)

• Ranked Tenth in the Heisman Trophy vote (’44)

• All-SEC (’44, ‘46, ‘47, ‘48)

 

United States Military Academy (1945)

• Finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy vote (’45)

• Member of the 9-0 National Champion Army team (’45)

 

Pro Football Career

Los Angeles Dons (1949)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1950)

 

Did You Know?

McWilliams attended the United States Military Academy with Anastasio Somoza, who later became dictator of Nicaragua and was assassinated.