John Franklin Broyles was born on December 26, 1924, in Decatur, Georgia. A gifted athlete in multiple sports, he went on to play quarterback for Georgia Tech where he was coached and mentored by legendary coach, Bobby Dodd.

Broyles began his career as an assistant coach at Baylor University. After serving as Georgia Tech's offensive coordinator, he became the head coach at the University of Missouri. Broyles served as the head coach of the University of Arkansas's Razorback football team from 1958 to 1976 and as the men's athletic director from 1973 to 2007.

Under his guidance, the Razorbacks won seven Southwest Conference championships and two Cotton Bowl games. In 1964, Arkansas was named national champion by the Football Writers Association of America. Broyles coached the team in the 1969 "Big Shootout" against the University of Texas Longhorns. As the athletic director, he successfully moved Arkansas from the Southwest Conference to the Southeastern Conference and raised the standards of Arkansas athletics.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. In his honor, the Broyles Award is given annually to an outstanding assistant coach in Division One college football.

Broyles passed away on August 14, 2017.

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