Clyde Shugart, a native of Ames, Iowa, was a standout on the offensive line for the Cyclones in the late 1930s and went on to have a prosperous career in the NFL.
The 6-1, 200-pound tackle graduated from Ames High School in 1934, earning first-team all-state honors at guard and was tabbed as “the finest prep lineman in the state” by the Des Moines Register. Shugart stayed in Ames and continued his football career at Iowa State where he was a prominent member of one of ISU’s best football teams in school history. Shugart anchored the right side of line with All-American guard Ed Bock on the 1938 “Cyclone Eleven” squad that produced a 7-1-1 record for coach Jim Yeager. That Iowa State squad, which was ranked as high as No. 18 in the nation, suffered its only loss of the season to Oklahoma and managed a tie against Kansas State.
Shugart and Bock led the way for quarterback Everett Kischer, who earned All-America honors in 1938. Shugart garnered first-team all-conference honors in 1938 and received All-America board recognition, playing all but 20 minutes of the entire season. In a 1960s poll, Shugart was named the best tackle in school history.
Three days after Shugart earned his degree from Iowa State, Shugart and his wife moved to Washington D.C., where he’d been drafted by the Washington Redskins. Shugart not only made the team, but became a stalwart on the line for one of the most successful NFL teams of the 1940s. He moved to guard with the Redskins, blocking for NFL Hall of Famer “Slingin” Sammy Baugh from 1939-44, never missing a game in his career. The Redskins and Shugart played in three NFL Championship games (1940, 1942, 1943), winning the 1942 NFL title with a 14-6 victory over the Chicago Bears. He was named to two Pro Bowl teams in his six-year NFL career.
When his NFL days ended, the dairy industry major took over as a manager of a High’s Ice Cream branch plant and moved to nearby Baltimore. He moved up the ladder in the company and later owned 50 percent of the corporate stock. He still remained close with his alma mater. He was voted president of the National Cyclone Club in 1973. Shugart was inducted in the Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame in 2000.