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Joe Guyon Joe Guyon
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 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


Barney Wentz Barney Wentz
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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Illinois faces Ohio State in 1957 Big Ten Opener

Coach Ray Eliot sees scant hope for Illini in Ohio battle

October 9, 1957 - Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper Clipping

The Illini may be willing, according to coach Ray Eliot, but they're not ready, or able, to cope with the likes of Ohio State.

Eliot's glumly studied the hospital list as he contemplated Saturday's game with the Buckeyes at Columbus.

It will be the regional televised game and will be seen locally over WNBQ (channel 5) starting at 1:15 p.m. Chicago time.

It will be the initial Big Ten game for both teams and they Go into the contest with identical nonconference records. Each was upset in its opening game, then both came back to win by whopping margins.

Injury Worries

But Eliot was concerned about his iodine and bandage brigade, which was far too large for his comfort.

Injuries are hampering or sidelining several of his key players, Eliot said, including guard Carl Johnson, end Ron Hill, and fullback Jack Delveaux.

Delveaux, bothered with a bad leg and recovering from a broken thumb, did not start last week's game against Colgate.

But Illinois hardly missed him as Ray Nitschke stirred up a fury at fullback, scoring three touchdowns, and moving for more than 90 yards.

'But Nitschke's got a charley horse now,' complained Eliot. 'I hope he will be ready for Saturday, but we are keeping him out of scrimmage all week.'

Morale Boosted

The lopsided win over Colgate was a big boost in morale, Eliot conceded, and 'we blocked and tackled a little for a change.' But he added, gloomily, he did not think Illinois was ready to take on a team like Ohio State, which 'can run inside or outside and throw over you.'

Despite Eliot's glum outlook Illinois will not be going to Columbus in the role of a patsy.

For one thing, Tom Haller has been improving everyday at quarterback. His passing was very sharp against Colgate. And, Bob Mitchell, who is the leading Illini ground gainer, is sound of limb and ready to run... footballhistorian.com - College Football History

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