P.W. "Bear" Underwood

Bear UnderwoodBorn: 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.