Local & Regional
Sun April 7, 2013
TU Great Glenn Dobbs Honored
On Saturday afternoon, The University of Tulsa unveiled en eight-foot tall bronze statue depicting legendary TU football player Glenn Dobbs during the 1940 to 1942 seasons. After his collegiate and professional playing career, Dobbs returned to Tulsa as athletic director and head football coach.
The 450-pound Glenn Dobbs Statue sits on a 30-inch castone base just outside the north gate of H.A. Chapman Stadium on Glenn Dobbs Drive (Eighth Street).
Dobbs’ sons, Glenn III and Johnny, along with Tom and Betty Johnston, who generously provided this gift to the University, unveiled the statue.
The Johnston’s are longtime TU fans and season ticket holders. Tom, a 1952 graduate of TU, began attending Golden Hurricane home games in 1937 and has yet to miss a home contest in 75 years. The Johnston’s maintain seats on the 50-yard line, the same ones that Tom and his father, Tom Sr., occupied for decades.
The artist of the statue is Tulsa native Jay O’Meilia. A sculptor, painter and printmaker, O’Meilia’s work has been displayed in galleries across America.