Hugh P. Flynn '33 (Football, Boxing, Basketball, Track)

Inducted 1978

Hugh “Bingo” Flynn of Worcester, Mass., was selected by CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, to two early all-time CUA athletic teams (football and track). He also competed in basketball two seasons and boxed a year.

Flynn played freshman football under Eddie LaFond, the legendary Cardinal boxing coach and athletic director. In his first year on the varsity (1930), he found himself playing on the offensive and defensive lines for CUA’s all-time winningest football coach, Dutch Bergman.

After a 1-8 debut, Flynn helped the Cardinals to a 14-2-1 ledger over the next two seasons. Included among the team’s success was a school-record 11-game winning streak. The Cardinals outscored their opponents, 320-45, during the run.

Flynn’s blocking helped classmate Tommy Whelan – the greatest running back in school history – attain All-American status. The 1932 Cards went 6-1-1, and Flynn’s defensive work was instrumental in CUA allowing only 21 points all year, including five shutouts.

“Possessed of a physique of one hundred and ninety-five pounds of bone and muscle, he is a delight to the eye of the most critical sculptor. To Coach Bergman he has shown himself as a tower of strength in his position on the line as tackle, and his absence from the varsity next year will leave a vacancy which will be hard to fill.” – 1933 Cardinal yearbook.

Flynn was chosen one of two second-team guards when The Tower compiled its All-Time Football Team in 1935. The Cardinals at that point had been putting a team on the gridiron for 40 years. In 1941, Flynn appeared on the newspaper’s All-Time Track Team, one of three men chosen for throwing the discus 132 feet. He was also a shot putter and president of the Class of 1933.

Flynn worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and in 1943 was elected president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the CUA Alumni Association. He was a member of the D.C. Touchdown Club’s Board of Governors and president of the Football Officials’ Association of Washington, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Chris McManes
July 2012