Art “Scrapper” Broady
Arthur Theron Broady is a native of Marion, Virginia. Inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, “Scrapper” as he was known since he was an infant, was a force in the defensive backfield of the Wasps football team during the late 1960’s.
Broady is also remembered for being the first African American football player – and one of the first Black students – at Emory & Henry. He set the school record for interceptions in a career with 21 and picked off eight passes in his freshman season alone. His eight interceptions in 1966 are suspected to be the most for that season. Broady set the standard for excellence in the defensive backfield for future Wasps.
Broady was drafted into the United States Air Force after his graduation from E&H, and during his service, he earned the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal. After receiving an honorable discharge at the end of the Vietnam War, Broady worked in human resources on the Alaskan Pipeline and for the Westinghouse-Hanford company and even served as a special assistant to the mayor of Anchorage.
A member of the Emory & Henry class of 1970, Broady received his degree in English and elementary education. He was also a member of the Dom-I-Necher social fraternity and served as its president.
He received the Colleges’ Distinguished Achievement Award in 1992 and has served as a member of the Emory & Henry Board of Trustees. He is also remembered by many for his personal motto: “Whatever I do, I want to make a difference.”