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June 13, 2011CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati quarterback Tom O'Malley, who was inducted in the James P. Kelly Sr. UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, died on June 11, 2011 in York, Pa. He was 85 years old.
O'Malley (1925-2011), a Cincinnati native who played for the Bearcats from 1946-49, came to UC after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater, rising to the rank of ensign.
Already an accomplished quarterback who had ranked among the nation's top 10 leading passers as a junior, he flourished under new head coach Sid Gillman his senior season. O'Malley led the nation in passing yardage (1,617) in 1949, throwing for 16 touchdowns. The Bearcats finished the year 7-4, won the Mid-American Conference Championship, and knocked off Toledo 33-13 in the Glass Bowl.
O'Malley's number 27 was retired by Gillman in 1949; he was enshrined in the James P. Kelly Sr. UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, and was a charter member of the Nippert Stadium Ring of Honor.
He went on to play professional football for the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers in the NFL and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League. In 1951 he led the Rough Riders to a Grey Cup win.
O'Malley is survived by three children, four grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory and in honor of Thomas L. O'Malley to the York VNA Hospice Services, 540 S George St., York, PA 17401, 717-846-9900; or the National Children's Cancer Society, One South Memorial Dr., Suite 800, St. Louis, MO 63102, 314-241-1600 or online at www.thenccs.org/.