Former Cincinnati quarterback Tom O’Malley, a member of the school's Hall of Fame and the Nippert Stadium Ring of Honor, died Saturday. He was 85.
O'Malley played for the Bearcats from 1946-49 after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater, rising to the rank of ensign. He flourished under new head coach Sid Gillman his senior season in 1949, leading the nation in passing yardage (1,617) and throwing for 16 touchdowns. The Bearcats went 7-4, won the MAC and beat Toledo 33-13 in the Glass Bowl.
Gillman retired O'Malley's No. 27 in 1949. O'Malley went on to play for the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers in the NFL and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League. In 1951, he led the Rough Riders to a Grey Cup.
He was enshrined in the James P. Kelly Sr. UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, and was a charter member of the ring of honor.