Halfback - Canton Bulldogs; Cleveland Indians; Oorang
Indians; Rock Island Independents; Kansas City
Cowboys; New York Giants 1919-1929
Joe Guyon is one of only two American Indians to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the other being Jim Thorpe.
Born O-Gee-Chidah on White Earth Indian Reservation in Mahnomen, Minnesota USA in 1892, he is the only football player to star on two Collegiate National Championship teams, the Carlisle Indian School in 1912 and Georgia Tech in 1917 (five years apart). Guyon used his athletic skills to earn a college education, something not easily available to Indians during the 1910s. Playing during football's one-platoon era, he was a halfback at Carlisle and captured All-American honors as a tackle at Georgia Tech.
Joe Guyon began his professional career as a triple-threat halfback with the Canton Bulldogs pre-NFL in 1919. Possessing extraordinary strength, at 6'1", 182 pos., he was one of the top players on both offense and defense for the National Football League in its first eight seasons. He joined the New York Giants in 1927 and helped lead them to the 1927 NFL title, by throwing a long touchdown pass in a 13-7 triumph over the Chicago Bears in the Giants' late drive to the championship. footballhistorian.com - All Rights Reserved Football History
Oorang Indians 1920s
NFL Franchise during the early 1920s Football History
Based in Marion, Ohio, the Oorang Indians existed as a National Football League (NFL) for two seasons, 1922 and 1923. The team's owner, Walter Lingo signed sports hero Jim Thorpe to serve as a player-coach. Thorpe and All-American Joe Guyon were both powerful runners and racked up phenomenal yardage for this period in time. Both were college track stars and are the only American Indians in football's Hall of Fame. Lingo's entire team consisted of either full-blooded or part-blood American Indians. The squad was filled with names as Big Bear, Eagle Feather, Xavier Downwind, Joe Little Twig, Long-Time Sleep, Wrinkle Meat, Bobolash, and Dick Deer Slayer. Although the Oorang Indians were based in Marion, Ohio, it played most of its games on the road. Halftime shows featured flamboyant Indian dancing and bow and arrow marksmanship. But the team was not successful, had only a 2-6 NFL record in 1922 and dropped to 1-10 in 1923, and then disbanded. footballhistorian.com Archives
Pottsville Maroons - an early NFL team in the 1920s
Barney Wentz (1925-1928) Powerhouse Fullback
After starring at Penn State University, Byron 'Barney Wentz was one of the leading offensive stars during the early years of NFL football history.
He bolted through the opponents line for 10 touchdowns to tie for the NFL lead in 1926 and helped the now defunct Pottsville Maroons finish 3rd in the NFL with a 10-2 record. Selected an All Pro for his powerhouse running this season, he also was third best in scoring with 60 points.
Barney Wentz career stats: 17 TD, 1 FG, 1 Extra Point Kick... totals of 108 points in 40 Games... Pottsville 1925-1928...
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Physically Demanding Position - The Tight End
|Playing tight end in professional football is one of the most physically demanding jobs, and a great player must be a hard-noosed blocker, a top-notch receiver as well as a scoring threat. In today's NFL style of playing, the tight end leads the offense with his' blocking and must possess speed and play as a semi-wide pass receiver, and is often referred to as a slot-back.
Here's a list of some of the best All-Pro tight ends in football history:
Mike Ditka (Hall of Fame), Chicago Bears 1961-66; Philadelphia Eagles 1967-68; Dallas Cowboys 1969-72 - At 6'3", 225 lbs, Ditka was the first to move away from the offensive tackle, and was a dominate force in the catch-and-run of the 1960's. He caught 427 career passes, 5,812 receiving yards, 13.6 per/catch, scored 46 TDs in a 12 year career.
Pete Pihos (Hall of Fame) starred for the Philadelphia Eagles, from 1947-1955, and played both offense and defense during football's non-platoon era. On offense, Pihos played tight end like a charging-bull fullback, and punished pass defenders who got in his way. In just nine seasons, Pete Pihos caught 61 touchdown passes, gained 5,619 yards on 373 receptions, and averaged 15.1 yards per/catch.
John Mackey - Baltimore Colts 1963-71; San Diego Chargers 1972 - rates as one of the all-time great wide receivers in football history. He played in 5 Pro-Bowls and in 1966 scored 6 touchdowns on long plays - 51, 57 64, 79, 83, and 89 yards! John Mackey's career average of 15.8 yards per/carry is one of the best in history. He scored 39 touchdowns in 10 seasons.
Kellen Winslow - drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1979, he caught more passes in his first five seasons than any other NFL receiver, even though he broke his leg and missed 9 games in his rookie year. Kellen Winslow's career was shortened by a serious knee injury in mid-1984 and he retired - 4th on the all-time list for receptions by a tight end with 424 catches in only 6 seasons.
Ron Kramer - In ten years with the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, the 6'3", 235 pound tight end gathered 229 passes, averaged 14.3 yards per/catch along with 16 TDs. Ron Kramer was an outstanding blocker and described by his opponents as "having no peer while blocking and leading the Packers' famed power sweeps" and as "a runaway beer truck when he tears into defensive backs". Footballhistorian.com Archives - Pro Football History
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