USC Trojan great Jaguar Jon Arnett dies at 85

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    An outrage that he never made the Pro Football Hall of Fame....still my favorite back. Marv Goux was correct, give him the ball like they did OJ and he would have set records that still stand. Running, receiving, passing (yes, passing), place kicking, intercepting, kick returning....a sensational player. RIP, #26.
     
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    Jon Arnett was/is my favorite football player of all time. His ability to juke and his incredible balance made him a joy to watch. At Sunday get togethers (during his LA Ram days), the first question when somebody came in was "how did Arnett do?" RIP # 26
     
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    Should have mentioned this in the initial post. He’s such an iconic Trojan for so many. If you have any thoughts/stories about Arnett, go ahead and post them here and I’ll add them as WeAreSC reader thoughts to the main story.
     
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    I've mentioned this before, Jon and C.R. Roberts could have been the greatest running back duo in SC history. The PCC unfairly limited their playing careers while at SC.
     
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    they were indeed the greatest duo
     
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    Jon Arnett introduced me to SC football in the 1955 Rose Bowl. It was a game we lost but Jaguar Jon was like no one I had seen....My all time favorite...He was one of a kind....!
     
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    Mr. Arnett, while I never knew you, I’ve heard and read on your exploits in football. You are truly a great man, football player, SC Trojan and Ram.
    I also have no doubt that you were a great father, husband, friend, family man and an AA human being. May God bless your Trojan soul as I know he will/is. RIP sir
     
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    My mom and dad are a couple years older and have been die hard USC football fans since the late 50’s. They’ve been to all the big games (OJ, AD, even Barkley at OSU) . When we spoke this evening about the death my dads dimensia completely left and he spoke for 20 mins about how much he loved Arnett run. It was a great convo, Jon you aren’t forgotten. Thank you for the memories. RIP
     
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    The first USC football game I can remember attending was a game at night against Oregon in 1955 .. Jaguar John I believe scored four touchdowns in a big USC victory ...I had my first USC football hero ... I can remember him using his off hand to maintain his balance after contact . He was a unique talent
    After the great backs of the late 20’s and early 30’s Arnett and C. R Roberts were the beginning of the modern Trojan dynasty of great running backs
    #26 Rest In Peace .. you brought so much joy to so many including this six year old in 1955
     
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    My dad talked about him as a USC star.
     
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    Erik
    There is in a book about the Notre Dame rivalry a picture of Arnett and Hornung walking off the field after 1956 game at the Coliseum.. Arnett of course in street cloths .. since both have now passed it might be nice to post that picture ..
     
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    You must have been so pumped reminiscing with your father....WOW

    RIP Mr Arnett...
     
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    Rest In Peace, Trojan!!! You earned it!!!

    Many Are called. Few are Trojan!!!
     
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    Sad to see a legend go. I remember watching Jon when I first got my season tickets in '54. He was amazing and wonderful to watch. Rest in peace Jon.
     
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    Met him once when he re-visited the home of the Toilers in the mid 70's. The school was far removed from when he went there and 100% removed from when I went there today.

    But once a Toiler always a Toiler! RIP fellow Toiler!
     

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