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    UL Football Athlete (1901-1904) Pothier J. Voorhies

    Pothier Jean Voorhies (better known as PJ) attended, Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. Today the University is known as the University of Louisiana.


    • Mr. Voorhies was an original two sport Athlete, helping found football and baseball at UL.
    • Pothier was a member of SLII's first and second class of graduates in 1903 and 1904.
    • Founded the Alumni Association
    • Was the Alumni Associations first president serving from 1904-08 and again in 1929-30
    • Managed Vordenbaumen Lumber company.

    Football: P. J. played center for the University of Louisiana, on the inagural 1901-02 football team. Three weeks after the school opened its doors for the first time in 1901, a football team was actively organized. It is believed that this was and is the fastest a football team has ever been formed in US collegiate history. The University of Louisiana has had an organized football team for its entire history.

    Football 1901

    Baseball" Pothier J. Voorhies was a member of Louisiana's inagural 1902-03 baseball team.

    An amazing case of athletic time-line synchronicity, arose at the University of Louisiana on the 100 year anniversary of baseball starting at the school. A namesake descendant of his, Pothier J. Voorhies IV ( also known as Sport Voorhies) was a contributing member of Louisiana's 2003 baseball squad exactly 100 years after his great-grand-father became a founding team player.

    Pothier J. Voorhies 1903
    Sport Voorhies 2003

    PJ Voorhies IV

    In a stepping stone educational reward system, Pothier was one of the first nine Academic Course graduates, and one of the first four men to graduate from the initial two year course offered by SLII in 1903. As was expceted, Pothier continued to attend, choosing to take the Commercial Course, and on May 24th 1904 he was one of twenty-six total graduates and one of eleven graduating with credentials in commerce.

    His association with the University never ceased, Pothier was instrumental in forming the Alumni association, and was named its first President the same year he completed his studies.


    Pothier graduating 1903

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    Why wasn't this in the media guide, or mentioned somewhere before, on the radio during a game, I don't know? Sport is about to graduate, I would have loved to have known this before he got hurt. Well better late than never. This trivia is unbelievable.


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    He also was my grandfather. I have his first diploma on my wall.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raoul View Post
    He also was my grandfather. I have his first diploma on my wall.
    Cool.

    At some point a photo would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raoul View Post
    He also was my grandfather. I have his first diploma on my wall.
    ........So Raoul and I are talking one day and realize that our grandpas played against each other.....Henry E Landry Sr was the captain of LSU in 1902....his 45 yard drop kick was a State record until a Ragin' Cajun broke it!!! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    ........So Raoul and I are talking one day and realize that our grandpas played against each other.....Henry E Landry Sr was the captain of LSU in 1902....his 45 yard drop kick was a State record until a Ragin' Cajun broke it!!! Lol

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