John Wayne when he was offensive tackle for the USC Trojans, c. 1926
Wayne received a football scholarship for USC after high school in 1925. He played on the team until his junior year when a broken collarbone due to body surfing made him quit and dropout of college.
“He felt his football playing days were over because of his bad shoulder,” according to Eugene C. Clarke, a USC trustee who grew up with Wayne. “So he did what he felt he had to do. He quit school and went to work at the studios.”