March 3, 2010
The Southern University family is saddened to announce the passing of Sports Hall of Famer, Odie Posey.
Widely considered the best running back ever to play at Southern, Odie Posey arrived "on the bluff" in 1947 from Phillis Wheatly high School in San Antonio, Texas, on a tennis scholarship.However, Posey would make his name known in the annals of Southern history with his accomplishments on the football field.
Late in his freshman season, Posey caught the eye of the legendary AW Mumford, and quickly he became the main cog in Coach Mumford's "Scoring Machine".
During Posey's four years at Southern, the Jaguars went 46-2-2. Also during his era, SU won three Black College National Championships, four SWAC titles and two Bowl games, including the 1948 Fruit Bowl Championship against San Francisco State University. That season Southern went 12-0.
Posey was a four year Pittsburg Courier All-American, a four year All-SWAC selection at running back and was the 1949 national Rushing champion with 1,399 yards.
Odie Posey's best single game performance came in the 1949 game against arch-rival, Florida A&M, in Bragg Stadium in Tallahassee, FL, was Posey bashed the Rattlers for 358 total yards and three touchdowns, including 100 yards from scrimmage on the first play of the game.
He would go on to eventually play in the NFL, with the LA Rams in 1951, but due to military deferment, Posey would join the Navy. During his time in the Navy, he made the All-Service Football Team.
Posey is a 1957 graduate of Southern University with a degree in Physical Education. He was a retired businessman in the Baton Rouge community.