IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1920s


We begin our series of examining the All-Decade teams with a look at the 1920s NFL All-Decade Team:

Position: Player Name: Team(s): College Attended: In Hall of Fame?
Quarterback Jimmy Conzelman Decatur Staleys
Rock Island Independents
Milwaukee Badgers
Detroit Panthers
Providence Steam Roller
Washington of St. Louis Yes
Paddy Driscoll Chicago Cardinals
Chicago Bears
Northwestern Yes
Running back Harold “Red” Grange Chicago Bears
New York Yankees
Illinois Yes
Jim Thorpe Canton Bulldogs
Cleveland Indians
Oorang Indians
Rock Island Independents
New York Giants
Chicago Cardinals
Carlisle Indian Yes
Joe Guyon Canton Bulldogs
Cleveland Indians
Oorang Indians
Rock Island Independents
Kansas City Cowboys
New York Giants
Georgia Tech Yes
Earl “Curly” Lambeau Green Bay Packers Notre Dame Yes
Fullback Ernie Nevers Duluth Eskimos
Chicago Cardinals
Stanford Yes
End George Halas Decatur Staleys
Chicago Staleys
Chicago Bears
Illinois Yes
Guy Chamberlin Chicago Staleys
Canton Bulldogs
Cleveland Bulldogs
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Chicago Cardinals
Nebraska Yes
Lavern Dilweg Milwaukee Badgers
Green Bay Packers
Marquette No
Tackle Ed Healey Rock Island Independents
Chicago Bears
Darmouth Yes
Wilbur “Pete” Henry Canton Bulldogs
New York Giants
Pottsville Maroons
Washington & Jefferson Yes
Cal Hubbard New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
Centennary Yes
Steve Owen Kansas City Blues
Cleveland Bulldogs
Kansas City Cowboys
New York Giants
Phillips Yes
Guard Walt Kiesling Green Bay Packers St. Thomas (Min) Yes
Hunk Anderson Chicago Bears
Cleveland Indians
Notre Dame No
Mike Michalske New York Yankees
Green Bay Packers
Penn State Yes
Center George Trafton Chicago Bears Notre Dame Yes

Now, let’s look at some interesting facts regarding this team:

On the professional level, the 1920s All-Decade team was a pretty even distribution of the NFL’s member clubs without one NFL team dominating it’s make-up. The Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and New York Giants all tied for most players on the All-Decade team with five. The Chicago Cardinals were close behind with four players selected.

The colleges represented is another matter entirely. Other than three of the 18 players having come from Notre Dame, there are a lot of players that are from schools we don’t think of as the types of schools that turn out NFL player nowadays. You of course have your Illinois, Northwestern, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and Penn State representatives; but, it’s been a while since we’ve seen star football players come out of schools the likes of: Washington of St. Louis, Marquette, Dartmouth, William & Jefferson, Centennary, Phillips, St. Thomas, and of course Carlisle Indian.

One of the main reason for this in-depth look at the NFL All-Decade teams was to answer the question “How many players make it to the All-Decade team but don’t make it to the Hall-of-Fame?” This is an interesting question seeing as that to make it onto the All-Decade team you had to have been a great player for about a decade. You would think having been a great player for a decade would get you into the Hall-of-Fame, this is not always the case.

1920s All Decade Team Players Who Didn’t Make It Into The Hall Of Fame:
Lavern Dilweg – End – Milwaukee Badgers, Green Bay Packers
Hunk Anderson – Guard – Chicago Bears, Cleveland Indians

Players selected: 18
Players not in Hall of Fame: 2
11% of 1920s All Decade Team Players are not in the Hall of Fame

The next chapter of this study will involve the 1930s NFL All-Decade team.
Other chapters in this study:
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1920s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1930s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1940s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1950s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1960s
IQFB.com Examines The NFL All-Decade Teams: The 1970s

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