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For a certain generation of USC fans, there was not a finer player than halfback Jon Arnett. An All-American, Arnett was a two-time winner of the Voit Award, which went to the best player on the Pacific Coast. He was the No. 2 pick in the 1957 NFL draft and selected by the Los Angeles Rams, where he was a five-time Pro Bowl. He also is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

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  • Michael Guarino

    Here, here! U.S.C. football fans should do themselves a favor and check out Jon’s running style on youtube —–once he got loose, it was end zone time.

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    at that size, he would never even SEE the field in today’s game, of THAT, I am SURE!!

    • TrojanLights

      Dont underestimate Jaguar Jon. He had the sweetest moves and jukes. He was like a white Gale Sayers.
      I dont think he was undersized. The picture does not do him justice. How could you say a 5 time Pro Bowler and College Hall of Famer would never see the field in todays game?

      • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

        i am just goofing on a trOXan on here who made the same comment about a linebacker who actually was the same size as most of Southern Cal’s linbackers over the last few years. anyway even if he was correct about the size, the premise of such arguments are specious and based on misconceptions.

        e.g. the argument many HS kids today run raster 100 times than Jesse Owens….while that may be true, the idea of random HS kids beating Jesse Owens is preposterous. you have to judge an era against the the same era, not the present.

        • NOBSisdaMAN

          Kissy kissy.

          • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

            jealous.

        • NOBSisdaMAN

          Kissy kissy.

        • timtrojan

          Careful, your using way more thought than even Scotty your fearless leader.

          • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

            the Cadre would follow the wolfman into Helll itself if he asked us to.

      • Larry Harris

        He was the master of staying on his feet. Just as he was about to go down, he would push off the turf and continue. He had incredible balance. I also remember his purple-clad Toiler body tearing us (Washington Hi) a new one.

        • TrojanLights

          Larry, wish I could have seen him in High School.

        • rusoviet

          A ‘General’ huh? Biggest rival was Fremont or Jordan – nothing south until you got to the Mohicans on 182nd funny thing is Washington Prep was and still is in unincorporated county. Taught a day there a very forgettable one as I recall – Fremont was another day in the 7th Circle.

          • UCLA owns LA Football

            I wonder how many of your former students would give you a satisfactory reference or care to remember you at all?

          • Larry Harris

            That was uncalled for.

          • UCLA owns LA Football

            Was it called for to call Fremont ” a day in the 7th circle.”? Tell me Larry, are you familiar with D’s 7th circle?

          • Larry Harris

            That was uncalled for.

          • Larry Harris

            That was uncalled for.

          • Larry Harris

            Back in the day it was not Wasington Prep. The Pathfinders were indeed our main rivals. We kicked their butts in my sports…baseball and tennis, however football and track was another mater. Jordon was not in the Southern League. I can’t recall us playing them in any sport. 108th and Denker is in unincorporated county? Even us old dogs sometimes learn something new.

          • Larry Harris

            Back in the day it was not Wasington Prep. The Pathfinders were indeed our main rivals. We kicked their butts in my sports…baseball and tennis, however football and track was another mater. Jordon was not in the Southern League. I can’t recall us playing them in any sport. 108th and Denker is in unincorporated county? Even us old dogs sometimes learn something new.

          • TrojanLights

            rusoviet, Fremont was a bigger football rival for Washington when Larry was there. Jordan wasnt much of a football power.

      • Tom Oday

        He was mocking John Walcott’s asinine posts about size/ra ce of older playing legends.

    • Sally Cushing

      …and you would? What a loser little snot you are.

      • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

        i don’t want you to go into a week-long funk again, so even though you are picking a fight, i won’t stoop so low as to mention your Stud Nephew again……ooops!

  • TrojanLights

    and you forgot to say he also attended my high school Manual Arts in Los Angeles.

    • UCLA Bleauz

      The home of several famous sports alums…. Paul Blair, Lyman Bostock, Tom Fears, Steve Broussard, Dwayne Polee and a few notable non-sports alums, Paul Winfield, Jackson Pollock and Frank Capra…..

      • Tom Oday

        Also, 1939 USC Rose Bowl hero Doyle Nave.

        • TrojanLights

          Learn something new. Didn’t know Doyle went to my old HS. Thanks Tom

      • TrojanLights

        Good stuff Bleauz.. Lyman was my child hood buddy.

        • UCLA Bleauz

          I loved watching him play for the Twins and the Angels, before his career was tragically cut short…RIP

      • TrojanLights

        Ronnie Ray Smith also. Olympic 4 x 100 meter Gold Medalist. RIP..

    • rusoviet

      Man no one ever claims Andrew Jackson HS – hard knocks

  • Mike 70

    Also, around 1970 is married to a very HOT chick!

    • Larry Harris

      His sister was also quite attractive.

  • Tom Oday

    Watching Arnett (Rams) duel with RB Hugh McElhenny (49ers) before over 100,000 Coliseum fans in the fifties was simply awesome.

    • TrojanLights

      I hear ya. I remember as a kid a crowd of 103,000 Rams vs 49ers circa 1959 at the Coliseum.
      McElhenny out of Washington HS and Compton JC.

      • rusoviet

        Yes! I was at that game as a ‘Cub Scout’ – NE side towards the Peristyle – rivaled the crowds for the 1959 WS that game against the 9er’s

      • UCLA owns LA Football

        TL, it was 1957. My father and I stood in line for a couple hours to purchase excellent seats. R.C. Owens had a great game catching his signature Ally-oop passes from Y. A. Title.

    • gotroy22

      Did you see McElhenny when SC played UW?

      • Tom Oday

        Don’t think I did.

      • Larry Harris

        I saw Hugh and Cameron run track and play football at Washington when I was in Jr. High School. McElhenny’s sister, Bev erly was several years ahead of me…and considered a pistol…not to be messed with.

        • Tom Oday

          Who is Cameron?

  • timtrojan

    Can you take Wolfman’s mom with you? AKA Gotroy22

  • timtrojan

    Can you take Wolfman’s mom with you? AKA Gotroy22

  • timtrojan

    Can you take Wolfman’s mom with you? AKA Gotroy22

    • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

      Goo-Goo is indispensable. he totally dismantled T-Fail and Mad Jack…..don’t mess with Goo-Goo.

    • gotroy22

      Layla, you should win the real Tom Hansen Award for marrying Lane Kiffin.

  • Sally Cushing

    Take a look around yourself.

    • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

      hey did you take out the Little snot remark in your last post, or did Gina-D edit the comment?

  • UCLA Bleauz

    Okay……. we’re asking you …….we’re BEGGING you!!!..

    • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

      That’s if the WOLFMAN asked us to.

  • john wolcott

    Well, Tom Oday, I did not wish to antagonize you, but I will take my best 22 guys of the last 10-years against your 22 best of the 1950-70 era, and the score will probably be about 38-10 new guys.

    • Tom Oday

      The antagonism comes from your “downer” comments that none of these legendary Trojans would see the field today…mainly because of their size and race. Many posters seem to enjoy the memories and I’m sure most realize the athletes of today are superior (read Bucket below). It’s great what Scott is doing with the “throwback” posts? It’s about FOOTBALL during a slow time.

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    So… no one is going to mention the shocking Jon Arnett scandal.

    Even though several trOXans were discourteous to me today, i simply have too much class to go there…

  • UCLA owns LA Football

    The Jaguar was tough. On a right hand sweep against the B. Colts, Arnett ran smack dab into the arms of Gene “Big Daddy” Lispcomb, who literally used Arnett as a mattress to jump on. That tackle spooked the crowd, but Arnett, after “Big Daddy” rolled off him, Arnett jumped right up and trotted back to the huddle.