Doc Blanchard Memorial – Bishopville, South Carolina
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Felix Anthony “Doc” Blanchard, a native of McColl, grew up in Bishopville South Carolina. This monument of him is located in Bishopville where sculptor Robert Allison has masterfully captured Doc’s life in three stages. The three statues represent Blanchard’s boyhood, his football career at West Point, and his career as an Air Force pilot. The nickname “Doc” was given to him because he was the son of a doctor.
Blanchard followed his father’s footsteps as a college football star, signing with the University of North Carolina out of high school. He then transferred to West Point in 1944, and teamed with Glenn Davis to create one of college football’s finest backfield duos. Blanchard was nicknamed “Mr. Inside” for his bruising runs between the tackles. He was a three time All-American at West Point and became the first SC native to win the Heisman Trophy in 1945.
After his football career, Blanchard became a pilot in the US Air Force, winning a medal for bravery during the Vietnam War. He passed away on April 19, 2009 at the age of 84, and remains the only SC native to win the Heisman Trophy.