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Thomas “Shorty” McWilliams

Age: 70

standout tailback at Mississippi State in the 1940's; began collegiate career in 1944 at Mississippi State and earned second team All-American and first team All-Southeastern Conference honors; after the outbreak of World War II McWilliams played for the 1945 undefeated Army team in the backfield with Heisman winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis; inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1962; had a brief pro career with Los Angeles and Pittsburgh cut short by a knee injury; later purchased a restaurant in his home town which his family still owns; of a variety of medical problems after a month-long stay in the hospital

Died: Meridian, Miss, Jan. 9, 1997

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