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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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1936 Final Standings and Leading Players

A Glance Back to 1936

Final Standings:

Western Division:

Green Bay Packers 10-1-1... Chicago Bears 9-3... Detroit Lions 8-4... Chicago Cardinals 3-8-1...

Eastern Division:

Boston Redskins 7-5... Pittsburgh Pirates 6-6... New York Giants 5-6-1... Brooklyn Dodgers 3-8-1... Philadelphia Eagles 1-11...

Championship Game: Green Bay beat Boston 21-6

Green Bay led the league in scoring with 248 points, an average of over 20 points per/game. The second place Bears scored 222 points and the Lions scored 235 points. The hapless Eagles managed to score only 51 points in 12 games, and, of course, were out of most games early and often.


Player Bios:

* Cliff 'Gyp' Battles, Boston Redskins Halfback - a high stepping, fearless rusher, he finished 4th in the NFL in scoring with 42 points on 7 touchdowns in '36... Gyp Battles debuted with the Redskins back in 1932 and stayed with Boston until they moved to Washington in 1937. He was the team's leading ball carrier almost ever season he played. He scored 31 TD in his six-year, big-time career and gained 3,622 yards on 873 carries, a solid 4.1 average. Selected an All-Pro in 1933, '34, '36, '37 he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1968.

* Johnny Blood, Green Bay Packers Halfback - an all-around athlete, he attended Wisconsin-River Fall/St John's College in Minnesota before embarking on his long 14-year pro career. John Blood was used mainly as a halfback, but did play the fullback and quarterback positions. His quick speed made him an excellent receiver out of the backfield and a solid defensive back in football's one-platoon system... in 1935 his best season in pass receptions he finished second in the entire NFL in passes caught with 25, good for 404 yards and three touchdowns.

* Paul 'Tiny' Engebretsen, Green Bay Packers Guard - one reason the Packers were so good throughout the 1930s was the excellence of lineman Tiny Engebretsen. The 6-ft, 1-inch, 238-pounder out of Northwestern University... one of the most popular players in this time, he played 10 seasons - 1932-1941, the last eight in Packer-land. The good-looking, blond hair star piled up numerous game winning tackles in helping Green Bay get to the NFL championship games in 1936, 1938 and 1939.

* Hal Pangle, Chicago Cardinals Halfback - a gusty runner out of Oregon State University, he was one of the Cardinals leading backfield stars from 1935-1938. In '36, Pangle rushed for 101 yards on 38 attempts, 1TD... his best season statistically was 1937 when he gained 203 yards, scored 2 touchdowns on 61 carries and tossed 2 passes.


1936 Rushing Leaders:

Tuffy Leemans, New York Giants 206 ATT, 830 yards, 4.0 Yd average, 2Td... Ace Gutowsky, Detroit Lions 191 ATT, 827 yards, 4.3 average, 6TD... Dutch Clark, Detroit Lions 123 ATT, 628 yards, 5.1 average, 7TD...

Cliff Battles, Boston Redskins 176 ATT, 614 yards, 3.5 average, 5Td... George Grosvenor, Chicago Bears and Cardinals, 170 Att, 612 yards, 3.6 yd average, 5TD...

=========================================== * Ed Danowski, New York Giants Quarterback (1934-1941) one of the league's top passers during this era, he was 5th in the NFL in passing yardage in 1936 with 515 yards on 104 attempts and his 6 passing touchdowns were 2nd highest... in 1937 Danowski was 2nd in NFL with 814 yards, with 66 completions on 134 attempts and was tied for first with 8 TD passes thrown.

* Frank Bausch, Boston Redskins Center - an All-Pro pick three straight years (1936-1938) he was a ranked star of the 'Skins interior line in his first three NFL seasons before being traded to the Cardinals prior to the 1937 season... a power-packed offensive blocker, the 6-ft, 3-inch, 220-pound Pete Bausch was one of the leading pass rushers of the day.

* Gil Bergerson, Brooklyn Dodgers Guard - attended Oregon State Univesity and broke into the NFL in 1932 with the Chicago Bears and was traded to the Dodgers. Well-noted for his 'Power in the Trenches' Bergerson played four years in the NFL, 1932-1936, before retiring.

* Ken 'Ike' Peterson, Detroit Lions Halfback - played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL), 1935-1936... gained 225 yards on 85 rushes as a rookie with the Cardinals and was traded to the Lions in 1936. Ike Peterson averaged a solid 6.6 yards per/carry on 42 attempts, 278 total yardage and scored 3 career touchdowns... footballhistorian.com - Archives - Pro Football History

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