1926 All-Pro Team

The 1926 All-Pro Team consists of American football players chosen by various selectors at the end of the 1926 season as the best players at their positions for the All-Pro teams of the National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL). Selectors for the 1926 season included the Green Bay Press-Gazette poll, the Chicago Tribune, and Collyer's Eye. Three players were unanimously selected as first-team players by all three selectors: fullback Ernie Nevers, halfback/quarterback Paddy Driscoll, and tackle Ed Healey.[1]

Selectors and key

For the 1926 season, there are three known selectors of All-Pro Teams. They are:

GB = A poll conducted by the Green Bay Press-Gazette identified first and second teams. The selections were limited to NFL players (excluding players in the AFL) and were based on polling of sports editors and pro football managers from 17 of the NFL cities.[2][3]

CT = The Chicago Tribune's teams were selected by Wilfrid Smith, identified first and second teams, and were composed of both NFL and AFL players.[4]

CE = Selected by E.G. Brands, a correspondent for Collyer's Eye, a sports journal published in Chicago. The selections were limited to NFL players (excluding players in the AFL).[1]

Players selected by multiple selectors as first-team All-Pros 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


Player Team Selector(s)
Brick Muller Los Angeles Buccaneers GB-1, CE-1, CT-2
LaVern Dilweg Green Bay Packers GB-2, CE-1, CT-1
Charlie Berry Pottsville Maroons GB-1, CE-3
Ray Flaherty Los Angeles Wildcats CT-1
Frank Bissell Akron Pros GB-2, CE-3
George Tully Philadelphia Quakers CT-2
Duke Hanny Chicago Bears CE-2


Player Team Selector(s)
Ed Healey Chicago Bears GB-1, CE-1, CT-1
Walt Ellis Chicago Cardinals GB-1
Frank Racis Pottsville Maroons CE-1
Duke Slater Rock Island Independents CT-1
Steve Owen New York Giants GB-2
John Thurman Los Angeles Buccaneers GB-2
Bub Weller Chicago Cardinals CT-2
Bull Behman Philadelphia Quakers CT-2
Gus Sonnenberg Detroit Panthers CE-2


Player Team Selector(s)
Jim McMillen Chicago Bears CE-1, CT-1
Johnny Budd Frankford Yellow Jackets GB-1, CT-1
Gus Sonnenberg Detroit Panthers GB-1, CE-2
Jim Welsh Pottsville Maroons CE-1
Joy Berquist Kansas City Cowboys GB-2
Bill Buckler Chicago Bears GB-2, CT-2
Willis Brennan Chicago Cardinals CT-2
Rudy Comstock Frankford Yellow Jackets CE-2
Joe Williams New York Giants CE-2


Player Team Selector(s)
George Trafton Chicago Bears CT-1, CE-2
Clyde Smith Kansas City Cowboys GB-1
Ralph Claypool Chicago Cardinals CE-1
Herb Stein Pottsville Maroons GB-2
Doc Alexander New York Giants CT-2


Player Team Selector(s)
Al Bloodgood Kansas City Cowboys GB-2, CE-1
Tut Imlay Los Angeles Buccaneers GB-1
Joey Sternaman Chicago Bulls CT-2


Player Team Selector(s)
Paddy Driscoll Chicago Bears GB-1, CE-1, CT-1 [QB]
Verne Lewellen Green Bay Packers GB-1
Eddie Tryon New York Yankees CT-1
Tony Latone Pottsville Maroons CT-1
Hinkey Haines New York Giants GB-2
Curly Oden Providence Steam Roller GB-2
Tex Hamer Frankford Yellow Jackets CT-2
Wildcat Wilson Los Angeles Wildcats CT-2


Player Team Selector(s)
Ernie Nevers Duluth Eskimos GB-1, CE-1, CT-1
Hust Stockton Frankford Yellow Jackets GB-2
Al Kreuz Philadelphia Quakers CT-2
Cully Lidberg Green Bay Packers CE-2


  1. ^ a b "1926 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  2. ^ John Hogrogian (1983). "1926 All-Pros" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Pro Football Researchers.
  3. ^ "Lewellen Is Selected On All American Pro Team". The Green Bay Press-Gazette. December 17, 1926. p. 22.
  4. ^ Wilfrid Smith (December 19, 1926). "Four Bears On All-Star Pro Football Team". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-2 – via Newspapers.com.
Ernie Nevers

Ernest Alonzo Nevers (June 11, 1902 – May 3, 1976), sometimes known by the nickname "Big Dog", was an American football and baseball player and football coach. Widely regarded as one of the best football players in the first half of the 20th century, he played as a fullback and was a triple-threat man known for his talents in running, passing, and kicking. He was inducted with the inaugural classes of inductees into both the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. He was also named in 1969 to the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.

Nevers played four sports (football, basketball, baseball, and track and field) for Stanford University from 1923 to 1925 and was a consensus first-team All-American in football in 1925. He played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Duluth Eskimos in 1926 and 1927 and the Chicago Cardinals from 1929 to 1931. In 1929, he set an NFL record that still stands by scoring 40 points in a single game. Nevers also played professional baseball as a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns of the American League from 1926 to 1928 and the Mission Bells of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 1928 and 1929.

Nevers also had a long career as a football coach, including stints with Stanford (assistant, 1928, 1932–1935), the Chicago Cardinals (head coach, 1930–1931, 1939), Lafayette (head coach, 1936), Iowa (assistant, 1937–1938), and the Chicago Rockets (assistant, 1946).

George Tully (American football)

George Chandler Tully (March 12, 1904 – May 1, 1980) was an American football end who played one season with the Frankford Yellow Jackets of the National Football League. Tully played football at Dartmouth College and attended East Orange High School in East Orange, New Jersey. He was a Consensus All-American in 1925. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Quakers of the American Football League.

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.

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