Junie Bishop was one of the truly great athletes to play
football at Washington and Lee during the late 1930’s and
A native of Louisville, Ky., Bishop arrived at W&L in 1937 with friend and fellow Athletics Hall of Famer Howard Dobbins. Together, they helped lead the W&L freshman football team to a state championship that fall, but it was Bishop who sparked a 14-9 win over Virginia that season. His 65-yard run late in the game set up the final tally. The starting fullback, he garnered freshman All-State honors following the season.
As a sophomore, Bishop was the starting fullback for the varsity, helping lead the Generals to a 4-4-1 overall record while posting Second Team All-State honors. Among the biggest wins of the season came on October 15, 1938 when the Generals knocked off a highly-regarded Kentucky team by an 8-0 score. Bishop’s touchdown proved to be the game-winner in the stunning victory over the Wildcats.
Noted to be one of the great short-yardage backs of his era, Bishop’s career took a turn his final two seasons as injuries limited his playing time.
Active around campus, Bishop was president of the ATO fraternity and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.