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The story of Clint Castleberry is perhaps one of the saddest "what if" tales in college football history. At 5'9" inches tall and a buck fifty, the "Jackrabbit" made up for his size with heart and raw talent.
This freshman led his Yellow Jackets to a 9-0 start in the 1942 season, coached by William Alexander and assistant Bobby Dodd, but his team would drop the final two games to rival Georgia and Texas in the Cotton Bowl.
He would finish third in the Heisman vote, which was absolutely unheard of at the time for a freshman. He would also earn All-American honors for his efforts.
What makes Castleberry's story so sad is the fact that this would be his only season on the Flats. He, along with many other players around the nation, was called into military service and departed for World War II. Clint became a fighter pilot and in 1944 was listed as missing in action; today he's classified as "killed, no body."
The same war that made him eligible to play a year early would be the one that took his life. Today on the northeast corner of Bobby Dodd Stadium, you can see a jersey No. 19 on the Edge Center facade. In the storied history of Georgia Tech football, it is still the only number ever retired.
First Team All-SEC (AP)- 1942
Second Team All-American (UP, INS, NEA)- 1942
Third Team All-American (TSN, AP)- 1942
Third in Heisman Voting- 1942
Georgia Tech Hall of Fame- 1956
Only Retired Number Georgia Tech Football History (19)