1945 All-Pro Team

The 1945 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players who were chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team for the 1945 football season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Associated Press (AP),[1] the United Press (UP),[2] the International News Service (INS),[3] Pro Football Illustrated,[4] and the New York Daily News (NYDN).[4]

Selections

Position Player Team Selector(s)
Quarterback Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins UP-1, INS-1, PFI-2, NYDN-1
Halfback Bob Waterfield Cleveland Rams AP-1 [back], UP-1, INS-2, PFI-1, NYDN-1
Halfback Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles AP-1 [back], UP-1, INS-1, PFI-1, NYDN-1
Halfback Steve Bagarus Washington Redskins AP-1
Halfback Jim Gillette Cleveland Rams INS-1
Halfback Fred Gehrke Cleveland Rams PFI-1
Halfback Bob Margarita Chicago Bears NYDN-1
Fullback Frank Akins Washington Redskins UP-2, INS-1, PFI-1, NYDN-2
Fullback Bob Westfall Detroit Lions AP-1
Fullback Ted Fritsch Green Bay Packers UP-1
End Don Hutson Green Bay Packers AP-1, UP-1, INS-2, PFI-1, NYDN-1
End Jim Benton Cleveland Rams AP-1, UP-2, INS-2, PFI-1, NYDN-1
End Steve Pritko Cleveland Rams UP-1, INS-1
End Joe Aguirre Washington Redskins INS-1
Tackle Al Wistert Philadelphia Eagles AP-1, UP-1, INS-1, PFI-1, NYDN-1
Tackle Emil Uremovich Detroit Lions UP-1, PFI-2, NYDN-1
Tackle Frank Cope New York Giants AP-1
Tackle Eberle Schultz Cleveland Rams INS-1
Tackle John Adams Washington Redskins PFI-1
Guard Riley Matheson Cleveland Rams AP-1, UP-1, INS-2, PFI-1, NYDN-1
Guard Bill Radovich Detroit Lions AP-1, UP-1, INS-1, NYDN-2
Guard Augie Lio Boston Yanks INS-1, NYDN-1
Guard Stan Batinski Detroit Lions PFI-1
Center Charley Brock Green Bay Packers AP-1, UP-1, INS-1, PFI-1, NYDN-1

References

  1. ^ "Van Buren Unanimous Choice On AP '45 All-Pro Grid Team". The St. Cloud (MN) Daily Times. December 14, 1945. p. 13.
  2. ^ Walter Byers (December 4, 1945). "Hutson, Fritsch, C. Brock Put On United Press All-Pro Squad". Green Bay Press-Gazette. p. 13.
  3. ^ Caswell Adams (December 14, 1945). "Cleveland Rams Place Three on INS All-Pro Team; Baugh Is Pilot". The Cochocton Tribune. p. 7.
  4. ^ a b "1945 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
Bob Waterfield

Robert Stanton Waterfield (July 26, 1920 – March 25, 1983) was an American football player and coach and motion picture actor and producer. He played quarterback for the UCLA Bruins and Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965. His No. 7 jersey was retired by the Los Angeles Rams in 1952.

Born in Elmira, New York, Waterfield moved to Los Angeles as an infant. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins in 1941, 1942, and 1944. In 1942, he led UCLA to a Pacific Coast Conference championship and was selected as the quarterback on the All-Pacific Coast team.

From 1945 to 1952, he played quarterback for the Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams in the National Football League (NFL). He led the Rams to NFL championships in 1945 and 1951 and was selected as the NFL's most valuable player in 1945. He was the first-team All-Pro quarterback in 1945, 1946, and 1949. Known as one of the best passers, punters, and place-kickers in the NFL, he set NFL career place-kicking records with 315 extra points and 60 field goals, as well as a single-season record with 54 extra points in 1950, and a single-game record with five field goals in a game.

Waterfield was married to movie actress Jane Russell from 1943 to 1968. During the 1950s, Waterfield also worked in the motion picture business, initially as an actor and later as a producer. He remained involved in football as an assistant coach during the 1950s and served as the head coach of the Rams from 1960 to 1962.

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