Watching teams move effectively up-and-down the field all season long, pro football's head coaches did not hesitate to name their 1936 All-Pro selections.
All-Pro teams are the best tools that historians can use for getting reliable information about the best pro ballers in the distant past. The NFL archives carries a list of All-Pro linemen during early football history, which takes the place of statistics because no records of sacks nor solo or part tackles were kept in this era.
Starting in 1932, the NFL All-Pros were chosen by teams' head coaches. The coaches' poll called the Official team or OFF lasted through 1939. The United Press selections were Started in 1931 and were selected in tandem with OFF. The UP is the longest continuos poll and is still being used to elevate today's players.
A few of the All-Pros selected in 1936... remember players played both offense and defense during this time frame.
* Mel Hein, Center/Linebacker New York Giants - one of the top linesmen in pro football history, he was selected All-Pro for eight consecutive seasons - 1933-1940. 'Quick as a Cat' he deserves favorable comparison to any linebacker in modern time... an endless hustler, Hein was the heart-and-soul of the New York Giants throughout his brilliant 15-year Hall of Fame Career - all with the Giants, 1931-1945.
* George 'Ox' Emerson, Guard Detroit Lions - one of the strongest men to ever anchor the offense line, the 5-ft, 11-inch, 203-pounder won All-Pro honors six straight years - 1932-1937. Born in Douglas, Texas, Ox Emerson was a standout star at Texas University prior to debuting in the NFL with the old Portsmouth Spartans in 1931. An All-Pro in his second season, he was traded to the Detroit Lions in 1934 where he was an All-Pro until his final NFL season (1938) with the old Brooklyn team of the NFL.
* Earl 'Dutch' Clark, Quarterback Detroit Lions - an instant success both as a quarterback and defensive halfback, he captured the attention of football fans throughout the nation with his brilliant rookie season. An All-Pro in his first season, 1932 and picked from 1934-1937, Dutch Clark went on to a resounding Hall of Fame career and is generally ranked as one of the best players in the history of pro football.
* Albert 'Turk' Edwards, Tackle Boston Redskins - a stalwart on both offense and defense he was rated All-Pro every season from 1932-1937 and again in 1939. An unmovable offensive blocking tackle he was 'Power in the Trenches' in his nine year Hall of Fame career, spanning 1932-1940 - all with the Boston/Washington Redskins.
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