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MSU Legends: The "Shorty" McWilliams Story

MSU Legends: The "Shorty" McWilliams Story

One of the most decorated players in the history of Mississippi State football is Tom "Shorty" McWilliams. Shorty amassed 1,808 rushing yards and nineteen rushing touchdowns. He was an All-SEC selection all four years he played in Starkville and was named a second team All-American in 1944. If those accomplishments were not enough, Shorty got votes for the Heisman, not once, but twice!

Shorty played for MSU in 1944, 46-48. The one year gap was due to a year (1945) spent at the United States Military Academy where he was part of a 9-0 National Championship team. Once McWilliams college days were done, he spent time in the AFL and then was selected in the open draft by legendary NFL coach George Halas and the Chicago Bears. Shorty ended up with the Pittsburgh Steelers before... Recommended Stories

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