John Hayden Fry is a former American football player and coach. He played college football for Baylor University and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2003. Frys family moved to Odessa, Texas, when he was eight years old, Fry worked multiple jobs as a child to help his family through the Great Depression. He also played sports, partly to stay out of trouble, Hayden played basketball, football, and track, but he most loved and was most successful at football, and Odessa was a football town. When Fry played safety and quarterback for Odessa High School in the 1940s, in Frys senior year, Odessa won 14 straight games, scoring almost 400 points and allowing about 50. Odessa did not commit a single turnover all season, the Texas state playoffs placed every school into a single bracket. At the end of the year, Hayden Fry quarterbacked Odessa to the Texas state high school championship in 1946, Fry then played at Baylor University from 1947 to 1950. Baylor had a 26–13–2 record during Frys four years there, Fry started a few games as an upperclassman at Baylor, but he could never win the full-time starting quarterback job. He graduated from Baylor with a degree in psychology in 1951, Fry was an American history teacher and assistant football coach at Odessa High School for a year in 1951 before joining the U. S. Marine Corps in 1952. During his time in Odessa, Fry met and befriended a young George H. W. Bush, Fry served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955. He played with the Quantico Marines football team in 1953, winning the Marine Corps championship, Fry also coached a six-man football team while in the Marines, and the unique style of play allowed Fry to innovate and invent new creative schemes. He became friends with Al Davis, who was coaching a military team. Frys time coaching and serving in the Marines were an asset as he began his coaching career, Fry was discharged from the Marines in February 1955 with the rank of captain. In 1955, Hayden returned to Odessa as a teacher and assistant football coach, the following season, Odessa head coach and former Texas A&M freshmen varsity coach Cooper Robbins was promoted to athletic director, and Hayden Fry took his first head coaching job. At 26 years old, he was coaching the school he had led to the state title less than 10 years earlier. He served as Odessas head football coach for three years, during that time, he first met and befriended the head coach at Texas A&M, Bear Bryant. Fry also continued as a teacher at Odessa, and one of his students, Roy Orbison. After the 1958 season, the new football coach at Baylor hired Hayden Fry as an assistant coach
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Hayden Fry during the official dedication of the "Hayden Fry Way" in Coralville, Iowa, at the 2009 "Fry Fest"