Otto Schnellbacher

Otto Schnellbacher

Known as the "Double Threat from Sublette," Otto Schnellbacher excelled during his days as an athlete at Kansas in both football and basketball. Schnellbacher served as a team co-captain of the 1947 Jayhawk team who won a share of the conference title and earned a spot in the Orange Bowl. He is one of just three KU athletes to serve as a captain in both football and basketball. A two-time All-Big Six selection, Schnellbacher was credited with 58 career pass receptions for 1,069 yards and both marks stood as school records for 22 years. He averaged 18.4 yards per reception. Schnellbacher was a regular in 1942 and had his career put on hold during World War II. A four-time all-conference selection in basketball, Schnellbacher played both football and baseball professionally. He played football four seasons with the New York Yankees of the All-America Baseball Conference and the New York Giants of the NFL. He intercepted 34 passes and was named All-Pro defensive back three times before retiring after the 1951 season.


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1942, 1946-47