1923 All-Pro Team

The 1923 All-Pro Team consists of American football players chosen by various selectors as the best players at their positions for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1923 NFL season.[1] Tackle Pete Henry of the Canton Bulldogs and quarterback Paddy Driscoll of the Chicago Cardinals were the only two players unanimously selected as first-team All-Pros by all known selectors. Two African-American players won All-Pro honors: ends Inky Williams of the Hammond Pros and Duke Slater of the Rock Island Independents.

Pete Henry
Tackle Pete Henry

Selectors and key

For the 1923 season, there are four known selectors of All-Pro Teams.[2] They are:

GB = The Green Bay Press-Gazette compiled first, second, and third teams, based on polling of sports writers from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Racine Times Call, Pittsburgh Post, Racine Journal News, Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Milwaukee Wisconsin News, Duluth News Tribune, Rock Island Argus, Akron Times, Cleveland News, Canton Repository, Ohio State Journal, Dayton Journal, Minnesota Daily Star, and St. Louis Times.[2][3] The results of the above poll were simultaneously published in the Rock Island Argus, Ohio State Journal, and Canton Repository.[2]

CE = Collyer's Eye was a Chicago sports journal. Its All-Pro teams (a first and second team) were selected by E. G. Brands. [4]

VD = Vince Dolan, sports editor of the Canton Daily News picked first- and second-team All-Pro teams. Dolan's picks were published in the Canton Daily News on December 16, 1923. Dolan also gave "honorable mention" recognition to players below his first and second team. The 11 players named to Dolan's first team included seven members of the undefeated 1923 Canton Bulldogs team that won the 1923 NFL championship.[2]

GC = Guy Chamberlin (GC), player and head coach of the Canton Bulldogs, selected a 32-player All-Pro team that was published on December 16, 1923, in the Canton Daily News. Chamberlin's selections did not divide players into first, second, and third teams. Out of the 32 players selected by Chamberlin, 11 were his teammates on the Canton Bulldogs. Chamberlin did not, however, select himself as an All-Pro.[2]

Players who were selected as first-team All-Pros by two of the above selectors are displayed in bold typeface. Players who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are designated with a "†" next to their names.

Selections by position

Ends

Player Team Selector(s)
Inky Williams Hammond GB-1, VD-1
Gus Tebell Columbus Tigers GB-1, GC
Luke Urban Buffalo CE-1, VD-HM
Guy Chamberlin Canton Bulldogs GB-2, CE-1
Bird Carroll Canton Bulldogs VD-1, GC
Glen Carberry Buffalo All-Americans GC
Paul G. Goebel Columbus Tigers VD-HM, GC
Tillie Voss Toledo Maroons GB-3 [T], VD-HM, GC
Frank Hanny Chicago Bears GB-2, CE-2
Ben Winkelman Milwaukee Badgers GB-3
Richard O'Donnell Duluth Kelleys GB-3
Dick Reichle Milwaukee Badgers CE-2

Tackles

Roy Lyman
Tackle Link Lyman
Player Team Selector(s)
Pete Henry Canton Bulldogs GB-1, CE-1, VD-1, GC
Ed Healey Chicago Bears GB-1, GC [G]
Link Lyman Canton Bulldogs CE-2, VD-1, GC
Duke Slater Rock Island Independents GB-2, CE-1
Russ Hathaway Dayton Triangles GB-2, GC
Eddie Sauer Dayton Triangles GC
Gus Sonnenberg Buffalo/Columbus VD-HM, GC
Ralph Scott Chicago Bears GC
Steamer Horning Toledo Maroons VD-HM, GC
Cub Buck Green Bay Packers GB-3, VD-HM
Elmer McCormick Buffalo All-Americans CE-2

Guards

Player Team Selector(s)
Swede Youngstrom Buffalo All-Americans GB-1, CE-1
Hec Garvey Chicago Bears GB-2, CE-1, GC
Rudy Comstock Canton Bulldogs VD-1, GC
Bub Weller St. Louis All-Stars GB-1
Hunk Anderson Chicago Bears VD-1
Duke Osborn Canton Bulldogs VD-HM, GC
Jack Sack Columbus Tigers GC
Clyde Zoia Chicago Cardinals GC
Frank Morrissey Buffalo GB-2
Al Nesser Akron Pros GB-3, VD-HM
Tom McNamara Toledo Maroons GB-3
Stan Keck Cleveland Indians CE-2
Herb Sies Rock Island Independents CE-2

Centers

Player Team Selector(s)
Larry Conover Canton Bulldogs GB-2, VD-1, GC
Harry Mehre Minneapolis Marines GB-1
Walt Kreinheder St. Louis All-Stars CE-1
George Trafton Chicago Bears CE-2, VD-HM, GC
Charlie Guy Cleveland Indians GB-3, VD-HM, GC

Quarterbacks

Player Team Selector(s)
Paddy Driscoll Chicago Cardinals GB-1, CE-1, VD-1 [HB], GC [HB]
Harry Robb Canton Bulldogs GB-2 [HB], CE-2 [HB], VD-1, GC
Joey Sternaman Duluth Kelleys CE-2, GC
Johnny Armstrong Rock Island Independents GB-3
Wooky Roberts Canton Bulldogs VD-HM

Halfbacks

Player Team Selector(s)
Jimmy Conzelman Milwaukee Badgers GB-2 [QB], VD-1, GC [QB]
Cecil Grigg Canton Bulldogs CE-1, GC
Jim Thorpe Oorang Indians GB-1
Al Michales Akron Pros GB-1
Hal Erickson Milwaukee Badgers GB-3, CE-1
Lou Smyth Canton Bulldogs GC
Edward Sternaman Chicago Bears GC
Goldie Rapp Columbus Tigers GC
Curly Lambeau Green Bay Packers GB-2
Gaylord Stinchcomb Columbus Tigers CE-2, VD-HM
Milton Romney Racine GB-3
Pete Casey St. Louis All-Stars VD-HM

Fullbacks

Player Team Selector(s)
Doc Elliott Canton Bulldogs GB-1, VD-1, GC
Hank Gillo Racine Legion CE-1, VD-HM
Ben Jones Canton Bulldogs GC
Dinger Doane Milwaukee Badgers GB-2
Jack Crangle Chicago Cardinals CE-2
Johnny Kyle Cleveland Indians GB-3, VD-HM

References

  1. ^ "1923 NFL ALL-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e John Hogrogian (1983). "All-Pros of 1923" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Pro Football Researchers.
  3. ^ "Lambeau Picked For Second All Pro". Green Bay Press-Gazette. December 21, 1923. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Collyer's All-Star Pro Elevens". The Davenport Democrat and Leader. December 21, 1923. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com.
Glen Carberry

Glen Michael Carberry (April 10, 1896 – February 19, 1976), sometimes listed as Glenn Carberry, was an American football player. A native of Ames, Iowa, he played college football for Notre Dame and was captain of the 1922 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. He also played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) as an end for the Buffalo All-Americans in 1923, the Buffalo Bisons in 1924, and the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1925. He was selected by Guy Chamberlin to the 1923 All-Pro Team.

Johnny Kyle

John William Kyle (September 12, 1898 – May 25, 1974), was an American football player. A native of Gary, Indiana, he played college football for Indiana University. He also played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) as a fullback for the Cleveland Indians in 1923. He was selected by a poll of newspaper reporters in NFL cities as the third-team fullback on the 1923 All-Pro Team. He was the football coach at Gary Froebel High School for many years. He became director of physical education for the Gary school system in 1952 and athletic director from 1955 to 1966. He did in 1974 at age 75 in a nursing home in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Paddy Driscoll

John Leo "Paddy" Driscoll (January 11, 1895 – June 29, 1968) was an American football and baseball player and football coach. A triple-threat man in football, he was regarded as the best drop kicker and one of the best overall players in the early years of the National Football League (NFL). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

Driscoll played college football as a quarterback and halfback for the Northwestern football team in 1915 and 1916. In 1917, he played Major League Baseball as an infielder for the Chicago Cubs. He joined the United States Navy during World War I and played for the undefeated 1918 Great Lakes Navy football team that won the 1919 Rose Bowl.

Driscoll played professional football as a quarterback and halfback for the Hammond All-Stars (1917), Hammond Pros (1919), Racine/Chicago Cardinals (1920–1925), and Chicago Bears (1926–1929). He was the NFL's first All-Pro quarterback and its leading scorer in 1923 and 1926. He also led the 1925 Chicago Cardinals to an NFL championship and was selected in 1969 for the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.

Driscoll also worked for many years as a football coach. He was the head coach of Chicago Cardinals from 1920 to 1922 and at Marquette from 1937 to 1940. He spent the last 28 years of his life with the Chicago Bears as an assistant coach (1941–1955), head coach (1956–1957), and later as the director of the Bears' research and planning unit.

Pete Casey

Albert R. "Pete" Casey (December 2, 1895 – August 25, 1976) was an American football player. He played one season in the National Football League (NFL) as a halfback for the St. Louis All-Stars in 1924. He received "honorable mention" recognition on the 1923 All-Pro Team.

Pete Henry

Wilbur Francis "Pete" Henry (October 31, 1897 – February 7, 1952) was an American football player, coach, and athletic administrator. He was a charter inductee into both the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Henry attended Washington & Jefferson College where he played at the tackle position from 1915 to 1919. He was selected as a consensus All-American in 1918 and again in 1919.

He next played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Canton Bulldogs (1920–1923, 1925–1926), New York Giants (1927), and Pottsville Maroons (1927–1928). He helped lead Canton to consecutive NFL championships in 1922 and 1923 and was selected as a first-team All-Pro four consecutive years from 1920 to 1923. He also served as head coach with Canton in 1926 and with Pottsville in 1928.

In 1929, Henry returned to Washington & Jefferson as an assistant football coach. He became athletic director in 1932 and held that position until his death in 1952. He was also the head coach of the Washington & Jefferson football team in 1942 and 1945.

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