Runnin’ Utes Legend Arnie Ferrin’s Death Saddened Everyone
Former Utah basketball star and athletic director Arnie Ferrin’s death was announced on December 27, 2022. Ferrin was surrounded by family at the time of his death early Tuesday morning.
Chariton Arnold Ferrin Jr. was born on July 29, 1925, in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Ferrin attended high school in Ogden, Utah.
In college at Utah, Ferrin won the NCAA basketball tournament Most Outstanding Player award when the Utes won the NCAA Championship over Dartmouth.
He helped Utah win the 1947 National Invitation Tournament. Arnie became the only four-time All-American at Utah.
From 1949 through 1951, the star played professionally for three straight years with the Minneapolis Lakers under coach John Kundla. The team won the BAA championship in 1949.
The team also won the NBA championship in 1950, with the help of Ferrin. Arnie scored 345 points in ’49 and 340 in ’50, ending his professional career with 1,037 points in three years.
Ferrin made 275-of-401 free throws in his career. The player was inducted into the Pac-12 Conference Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor in the 2012 Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball tournament, on March 10, 2012.
“We really didn’t understand the significance. I’m not sure we even had a party, and we obviously didn’t get a ring,” he once said of being an NBA champion.
He gave up pro basketball after three years because he did not view it as a secure, financially rewarding profession. An outstanding golfer, he once played in the finals of the State Amateur.
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Utah native and former Utah men’s basketball great Arnie Ferrin’s death saddened many fans. According to reports, he passed away at 97 due to natural causes.
His grandchild announced the sad news via a Twitter post. Ari Davis wrote: “My hero gained his angel wings this morning. You will forever more than Arnie Ferrin – you were my grandpa. I promise I’ll make you proud. I love you.”
Tributes to the legendary player started pouring in Tuesday afternoon on social media.
Russell White wrote: “World lost a great one today! Thank you for the life you lived and the love you gave Arnie Ferrin. @adavis22_ your Grandpa Arnie will be missed by everybody who knew him. Much love.”
“I’m sad to wake up to this news today. Arnie Ferrin is one of the greatest athletes in Utah history and an even better person. A legendary figure in this state who had a monumental impact. I’m grateful I was able to get to know him. My condolences to his family,” Jeremiah Jensen wrote.
Mark Harlan tweeted: “Great to spend time with legendary former Utah AD Arnie Ferrin and his wife Pat today….they remain so passionate about the Utes. A truly meaningful conversation about college athletics through the years. Very blessed for this visit…great picture taking Pat!!!”
“Arnie Ferrin was as true a gentleman as you could find. Cordial and passionate about Utah Athletics and even more so about life. My condolences to his loved ones at this time, may he rest peacefully,” Bryan Brown wrote n Twitter.
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