The Greatest Series: Football Player No. 6

The No. 6 selection today in The Greatest Series in Indiana history from focuses on a player who won the Big Ten MVP honor in 1937 and was the first player selected in the NFL Draft. Check it out.

Each day, has a new installment in “The Greatest” series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana football and basketball history.

The first two top 10 countdowns were basketball topics: the top 10 performances and the top 10 last second shots of all time. In this countdown, we look at the top 10 IU football players of all-time. Tim Clifford was No. 7 yesterday and here is No. 6

. We are halfway home in the countdown.


Our No. 6 selection takes us back to the leather helmet days but Corby Davis was a standout Hoosier performer in his day.

He was the Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 1937 as a fullback and earned first team All American honors.

He was the first pick in the NFL Draft in 1937 and played four seasons with the Cleveland Browns before retiring in 1942. He then served in World War II.Unfortunately, in terms of statistics in the IU Media guide, the records only go back to the 1941 season so I don’t have a lot more to share about Davis.

But a Big Ten MVP who was the No. 1 player selected overall in the NFL Draft is worthy of this list.

Stay tuned for the No. 5 player tomorrow in’s The Greatest Series in IU history.

No. 10 James Hardy

No. 9 Pete Pihos

No. 8 John Tavener

No. 7 Tim Clifford

No. 6 Corby Davis

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