1942 NFL season

The 1942 NFL season was the 23rd regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, many players left for service in World War II, thus depleting the rosters of all the teams.

The Chicago Bears finished the regular season at 11–0, and faced the 10–1 Washington Redskins in the championship game. Washington, which had been beaten 73–0 in the 1940 title game, got a measure of revenge in spoiling the Bears' hope for a perfect season, winning 14–6.

1942 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 13 – December 13, 1942
East ChampionsWashington Redskins
West ChampionsChicago Bears
Championship Game
ChampionsWashington Redskins

Major rule changes

  • The use of flags on flexible shafts to mark the intersections of goal lines and side lines (the predecessor to the pylon) becomes mandatory.
  • A clarification to the offsides rule is added: The center or snapper is not offsides unless a portion of his body is ahead of the defensive team's line.
  • A half cannot end on a double foul. Instead, the period will be extended by one untimed down.
  • Detachable kicking toes are prohibited.
  • When an encroachment or false start causes the other team to be offsides, only the initial foul is penalized.
  • A forward pass that first touches an ineligible receiver may be intercepted.
  • If the offensive team commits pass interference in their opponent's end zone, it is an automatic touchback.

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Note: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972

Eastern Division
Washington Redskins 10 1 0 .909 227 102
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 4 0 .636 167 119
New York Giants 5 5 1 .500 155 139
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 8 0 .273 100 168
Philadelphia Eagles 2 9 0 .182 134 239
Western Division
Chicago Bears 11 0 0 1.000 376 84
Green Bay Packers 8 2 1 .800 300 215
Cleveland Rams 5 6 0 .455 150 207
Chicago Cardinals 3 8 0 .273 98 209
Detroit Lions 0 11 0 .000 38 263

NFL Championship Game

Washington 14, Chi. Bears 6, at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., December 13, 1942


Joe F. Carr Trophy (Most Valuable Player)   Don Hutson, Wide receiver, Green Bay

League leaders

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Cecil Isbell Green Bay 2021
Rushing Bill Dudley Pittsburgh 696
Receiving Don Hutson Green Bay 1211


The 1942 NFL Draft was held on December 22, 1941 at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel. With the first pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected runningback Bill Dudley from the University of Virginia.

Coaching changes


  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1941–1950 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
1942 All-Pro Team

The 1942 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players who were chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team for the 1942 football season. Teams were selected by, among others, the "official" All-Pro team announced by the NFL and selected by a committee of nine reporters (NFL), the Associated Press (AP), the International News Service (INS), and the New York Daily News (NYDN).

Belleville High School (New Jersey)

Belleville High School is a four-year comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Belleville, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Belleville School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1964.As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,419 students and 110.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1. There were 602 students (42.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 161 (11.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.

Earl Ohlgren

Earl Ohlgren (February 21, 1918 – December 31, 1962) was a defensive end in the National Football League. He played with the Green Bay Packers during the 1942 NFL season. Previously he had played with the Milwaukee Chiefs of the American Football League.

Frank Bohlmann

Frank Henry Bohlmann was a guard in the National Football League. He played with the Chicago Cardinals during the 1942 NFL season.

Hal Hinte

Hal Hinte (January 25, 1920 – February 3, 1996) was a player in the National Football League.

Irvington, New Jersey

Irvington is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 53,926, having declined by 6,769 (−11.2%) from the 60,695 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 323 (−0.5%) from the 61,018 counted in the 1990 Census.

Jim Lankas

James Jarrett Lankas (August 26, 1918 – August 1978) was an American football player in the National Football League.

John Stonebraker

John S. Stonebraker (April 25, 1918 – January 25, 2000) was a player in the National Football League. He played with the Green Bay Packers during the 1942 NFL season.

Len Akin

Leonard "Len" Rosser Akin (April 8, 1916 – March 5, 1987) was a guard in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1940 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and later played with the team during the 1942 NFL season. Prior to playing with the Bears he had also played with the Milwaukee Chiefs of the American Football League.

Milt Simington

Milton Richard "Milt" Simington (August 26, 1918 – January 17, 1943) was an American football guard who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was selected to the NFL All-Star team in 1942.

Ralph Wenzel (end)

Ralph Milton Wenzel (July 22, 1918 – November 6, 2001) was an American football player and officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was a first-team All-American at Tulane University in 1939, playing at the end position. He later played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League during the 1942 season while awaiting assignment to active duty in the Marine Corps.

Thurmon Jones

Thurmon Lee "Tugboat" Jones (April 6, 1918 – January 16, 1988) was an American football player and coach. For more than 20 years he coached high school football in the state of Texas.

A native of Wilson, Oklahoma, Jones attended Abilene Christian University, where he played running back and defensive back. In 1941 he joined the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers, but did not see much playing time and eventually finished his playing career after the 1942 NFL season; instead he pursued a coaching career.

In 1943 he became head coach at Electra, a small community near Wichita Falls, Texas. Under his guidance, Electra was able to shut down Wichita Falls, one of the state's powerhouses at the time, with an obviously inferior team. So in 1944, when Wichita Falls coach Ted Jeffries left the school for Lamar College, Jones was hired as his successor. In 1945, Jones guided Wichita Falls into the state semifinals, where they faced Rusty Russell's Highland Park squad from Dallas, led by Doak Walker and Bobby Layne. Wichita Falls had little chance and lost 18–0.

Jones was briefly head coach at Hardin College—now known as Midwestern State University—in 1947 and the following year, served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M University, but returned to the high school level to coach at Midland High School in 1949. Four seasons later, Jones moved to Dallas, taking over at Highland Park, where he rewarded the boosters by producing a state championship in 1957. That year's Highland Park team also stopped Abilene High's 49-game winning streak. Jones left in 1959, but returned to Highland Park in 1963. He ultimately left Dallas in 1967. Jones also coached at the University of Washington.

According to his family, Jones's name was often misspelled in the press. The correct spelling is "Thurmon."

Tony Zuzzio

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Zuzzio (August 5, 1916 – April 7, 2002) was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions during the 1942 NFL season. He also played college football for Muhlenberg College in 1938 and 1939.

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