John J. McLaughry
John J. McLaughry
Team: Football

John J. McLaughry '40
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1971
Other Sports Played: Track & Field

John J. McLaughry '40, perhaps Brown's best blocking back and linebacker, led the Bears out of the football doldrums back to a place of football prestige in the late 1930's. An All-East football player, he was also on the All-American track squad in 1939, the year that he threw the 16-pound hammer 180-11 ¼, the fifth longest throw by an American at that time. McLaughry played quarterback and fullback for the Bruins, called the offensive and defensive signals, and could crack a line with the best of them when he elected to carry the ball. He was captain of the undefeated freshman team of 1936 and then captained the 1939 eleven coached by his dad, Tuss McLaughry. He played in the East-West Shrine game and later was captain of the College All-Stars when that team defeated the New York Giants, a team the 6-0, 190-pound McLaughry played for in 1940. A successful college coach, McLaughry had a 61-29-5 record at Union and Amherst and also coached at his Alma Mater from 1959 to 1966.