Making an international legend: The media, Pat O'Dea and midwestern football in the 1890s and 1930s

Nauright, John (1999) Making an international legend: The media, Pat O'Dea and midwestern football in the 1890s and 1930s. Football Studies, 2 2: 37-39.


Author Nauright, John
Title Making an international legend: The media, Pat O'Dea and midwestern football in the 1890s and 1930s
Journal name Football Studies
ISSN 1442-3146
Publication date 1999-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 37
End page 39
Total pages 3
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher Football Studies Group
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject C1
430199 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
751004 The media
Formatted abstract
Pat O’Dea (1872-1962), born in Kilmore, Victoria, Australia, played Australian Rules football briefly for the Melbourne Football Club, but made his fame in American football where he was the star fullback for the University of Wisconsin Badgers between 1896 and 1899. O’Dea’s skills, particularly his massive punting, drop- and place-kicking abilities, were legendary. He was widely recognised as one of the best players of his day and his record established him as one of the best kickers of all-time in American collegiate football.

O’Dea’s story became more intriguing as time progressed, particularly as he disappeared between 1917 and 1934 only to be discovered living under an assumed name in California. O’Dea was brought back triumphantly to Wisconsin where his legend was relived, revived and retold in the early 1930s and at various times through to his death in 1962. Little is known about O’Dea in Australia and he does not appear as a significant figure in many recent discussions of football history in the United States. This article explores the career of Pat O’Dea at the University of Wisconsin and his subsequent ‘reappearance’ and examines press coverage of O’Dea in the late 1890s and again in 1934.
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Special Issue: Football in North America.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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