Ole Miss perspective from the early 1960s

Hey, this is M. Scott Morris. You know? From the Daily Journal.

Parrish Alford offered me a little space in his blog to bring you a few words from former Ole Miss quarterback Jim Weatherly, who was part of teams that won two SEC championships and one national championship in the early 1960s.

The Daily Journal is featuring the Pontotoc native in an upcoming issue with a story about his upcoming induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.

But we touched on other topics during a phone interview from his home in Brentwood, Tenn.

For one thing, you might be interested to know the 71-year-old has had knee and hip troubles, though he’s not sure if that was caused by his days on the college gridiron.

I think a lot of it was due to sports,” he said, “but I think a lot of it is kind of the luck of the draw.”

He said he thinks there are more injuries in football today than when he played, and he has an idea why.

I think there would be less injuries today if they went back to wearing the uniforms we wore,” he said. “We wore uniforms that weren’t as protective as they are today. With what we wore, we couldn’t afford to use our bodies as spears and weapons, so we just tackled. We didn’t try to hurt anybody.

What they tried to do was improve the equipment over the years so there would be less injuries,” Weatherly continued, “but what’s happened is they’ve made it so players can actually use their helmets and bodies as weapons. They’re so well protected so you see people get knocked silly.”

It’s something for football fans to consider, along with spring football, the upcoming NFL draft and other off-season topics.

By the way, his induction into the hall of fame will be June 12 and tickets are $1,000 each. Weatherly said everyone’s invited.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • karl Hungus

    Love Weatherly’s songs! Some are classics. He is dead wrong in claiming a N.C.. The Dunkle Index Championship isn’t a real championship. Keep on dreaming.

  • karl Hungus

    Well! I just received word from a follower that I was wrong. In 1960, Ole Miss was voted #1 by Boys Life magazine. Probably a little before y’all’s time, but it was in every doctor’s office I went to growing up. So you have the Dunkle and Boys Life National Championships…Karl Hungus apologizes.

  • allamerican

    ah yes, 1960… That Grantland Rice national championship trophy… what a year…

  • karl Hungus

    Wow! Grantland Rice, too! So that’s why there’s three banners…Grantland Rice, The Dunkle and Boys Life.

    • allamerican

      I’m sorry, who are you? Obviously not anyone who knows anything about football. Well, the Grantland Rice national championship trophy is one of the earliest and most recognized awards in college football. It is given annually by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to the number one team at the end of the year. If you want to know what it looks like and live in Mississippi, you can go see one in Ole Miss’s trophy case. Let me know if there is anything else regarding football that you need to know.

      • allamerican

        here, something for your education:


        it is one of the few national championships actually acknowledged by the NCAA. As a poster on this blog previously said “if the NCAA doesn’t know who won the championship, who does?”

        • karl Hungus

          and here’s something for you….what happened 50 years ago doesn’t matter…Thats why Mississippi State doesn’t hang banners for 1907, 1940 and 1941. Get it, got it, doubt it.

          • allamerican

            if it doesn’t matter, why do you spend so much time posting about it?

          • Me

            Now that was funny AND true, allamerican!

      • karl Hungus

        I am Karl Hungus. Son of Piero Hungus. My father was one of the best wingers on the great Serbian football teams of the 60’s. Hell, if we are claiming irrelevant championships. Then Mississippi State can claim the 1907 CFW championship, the 1940 and 1941 N.C.’s. Oh, and if you need the truth, just let me know.

  • karl hungus

    I seek the truth, therefore I am. Every home game in the Sharkfin stadium, I look up and see those insipid banners proclaiming greatness and I hate that my University is basing it’s tradition on lies. #removethebanners

    • TheGiantRebel

      why do you go to the home games if you hate Ole Miss so much? But thanks for the support!

      • karl Hungus

        I happen to enjoy football and although I detest the way the program has cheated, “allegedly”, how they’ve lured recruits with false promises, “allegedly” and how they mock the NCAA Championship, I love American football, especially collegiate football. Just wish the NCAA could find a way to stop the rampant cheating.

        • Seth Mohundro

          Until “allegedly” becomes definitely, stop talking about it because you aren’t going to share anything we don’t already know about about. Thanks.

  • JB

    I remember Jim Weatherly very well – he was sophmore in the 1962 egg bowl. Ole Miss and State both, loaded with pro prospects and all american players except Weatherly, Ole Miss All-Americam QB Griffin,had problems moving the team, so coach Vaught brought in Weatherly, He out smarted both teams by pulling right around end and ran untouched for the winning TD. that was in the good old days, when The Rebels were consistent winners and annual major bowl appearances..

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