1937 All-Pro Team

The 1937 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1937 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the NFL coaches (NFL),[1] the International News Service (INS),[2] the United Press (UP),[3] Collyer's Eye (CE),[4] and the New York Daily News (NYDN).[4]

Four players were selected for the first team by all five selectors: Detroit Lions quarterback Dutch Clark; Green Bay Packers fullback Clarke Hinkle; Washington Redskins tackle Turk Edwards; and Chicago Bears guard George Musso. Three others were named to the first team by four selectors: Washington Redskins Sammy Baugh (NFL, INS, UP, NYDN; selected as a halfback); Chicago Cardinals end Gaynell Tinsley (NFL, UP, CE, NYDN); and Chicago Bears tackle Joe Stydahar (NFL, UP, CE, NYDN). Three more were selected by three selectors: Washington Redskins halfback Cliff Battles (NFL, INS, NYDN); Green Bay Packers end Don Hutson (INS, CE, NYDN); and New York Giants center Mel Hein (NFL, INS, NYDN).


Position Player Team Selector(s)
Quarterback Dutch Clark Detroit Lions NFL-1, INS-1, UP-1, CE-1, NYDN-1
Quarterback Ed Danowski New York Giants NFL-2
Quarterback Ace Parker Brooklyn Dodgers INS-2
Halfback Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins NFL-1, INS-1, UP-1, NYDN-1
Halfback Cliff Battles Washington Redskins NFL-1, INS-1, NYDN-1
Halfback Jack Manders Chicago Bears UP-1, CE-1
Halfback Tuffy Leemans New York Giants NFL-2
Halfback Ernie Caddel Detroit Lions NFL-2
Halfback Johnny Gildea Pittsburgh Pirates INS-2
Halfback Ace Gutowsky Detroit Lions INS-2
Fullback Clarke Hinkle Green Bay Packers NFL-1, INS-1, UP-1, CE-1, NYDN-1
Fullback Bronko Nagurski Chicago Bears NFL-2, CE-1
Fullback Ray Nolting Chicago Bears INS-2
End Gaynell Tinsley Chicago Cardinals NFL-1, UP-1, CE-1, NYDN-1
End Don Hutson Green Bay Packers NFL-2, INS-1, CE-1, NYDN-1
End Bill Hewitt Philadelphia Eagles NFL-1, INS-1
End Ed Klewicki Detroit Lions UP-1
End Milt Gantenbein Green Bay Packers NFL-2
Tackle Turk Edwards Washington Redskins NFL-1, INS-1, UP-1, CE-1, NYDN-1
Tackle Joe Stydahar Chicago Bears NFL-1, UP-1, CE-1, NYDN-1
Tackle Ed Widseth New York Giants NFL-2, INS-1
Tackle Ernie Smith Green Bay Packers NFL-2
Guard George Musso Chicago Bears NFL-1, INS-1, UP-1, CE-1, NYDN-1
Guard Lon Evans Green Bay Packers NFL-1, UP-1
Guard Ox Emerson Detroit Lions INS-1
Guard Johnny Dell Isola New York Giants NFL-2, CE-1
Guard Dan Fortmann Chicago Bears NFL-2, NYDN-1
Center Mel Hein New York Giants NFL-1, INS-1, NYDN-1
Center Mike Basrak Pittsburgh Pirates UP-1
Center Frank Bausch Chicago Bears NFL-2, CE-1


  1. ^ "Hinkle, Evans Are All-Pro Selections: Three Redskins Are Chosen For Leading Eleven". Green Bay Press-Gazette. December 15, 1937. p. 17.
  2. ^ Davis J. Walsh (December 9, 1937). "Washington Places Three On INS All-America Pro Team". The Times Herald (Port Huron, MI). p. 17.
  3. ^ George Kirksey (December 14, 1937). "All-Pro Gridiron Squad Is Chosen By United Press". Green Bay Press-Gazette. p. 13.
  4. ^ a b "1937 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
Tuffy Leemans

Alphonse Emil "Tuffy" Leemans (November 12, 1912 – January 19, 1979) was an American football fullback and halfback who played on both offense and defense. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978 and was named in 1969 to the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team.

A native of Superior, Wisconsin, Leemans played college football for Oregon's freshman team in 1932 and for George Washington from 1933 to 1935. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 1936 NFL Draft and played eight years for the Giants from 1936 to 1943. He led the National Football League as a rookie with 830 rushing yards and was selected as a first-team All-Pro in 1936 and 1939. He was also selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1938 and 1941 and helped lead the Giants to the 1938 NFL Championship and the 1939 and 1941 NFL Championship Games.

After his playing career ended, Leemans worked briefly as a backfield coach for the Giants and at George Washington. He also operated a laundry and dry cleaning business and a duckpins bowling alley.

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