Former football players, coaches reunite

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

L-R: Pepper Rodgers, Terry Donahue, Todd “Leaper” Williams, David Jaynes

Happy birthday, Pepper!

Former KU football coach Pepper Rodgers recently celebrated his 85th birthday at his old stomping grounds: Memorial Stadium.

A group of former football players and coaches reunited in Lawrence for the occasion. Kansas All-American David Jaynes organized a football reunion at the Adams Alumni Center to coincide with Rodgers’ birthday. Former KU assistant coaches Terry Donahue and Sandy Buda were also on hand to celebrate the popular KU coach known to most simply as Pepper.

Rodgers coached at KU from 1967-1970 and won the Big 8 title in 1968. He left after the 1970 season to coach UCLA.

Barbara Jaynes shared the photo above and below.

Back: Terry Donahue; Middle: David Jaynes, Dick O’Neil, Pepper Rodgers; Front: Barbara Jaynes

Fans gave the group a thunderous welcome when they were recognized on the field during the Jayhawks’ game against TCU. Alumni can read more about this gathering of legendary football Jayhawks in the Lawrence Journal-World.

Additional coverage from the Lawrence Journal-World

Pepper Rodgers to celebrate 85th birthday at old stomping grounds Saturday

Tom Keegan: David Jaynes living proof that Kansas can beat the best in football recruiting

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