Al Bloodgood

Elbert "Al" Lorraine Bloodgood (September 5, 1901 – March 26, 1947) was a professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He played at the University of Nebraska. He graduated from Nebraska in 1924. He played five seasons in the NFL including the 1930 Green Bay Packers title team.

Al Bloodgood
No. 23 Kansas City, 1 Cleveland
Position:Fullback/Halfback/Quarterback
Personal information
Born:September 5, 1901
Beatrice, Nebraska
Died:March 26, 1947 (aged 45)[1]
Beatrice, Nebraska
Career information
High school:Beatrice (NE)
College:Nebraska
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Championship (1930)
  • Tied NFL record of most dropkicked field goals in a single game (4)
Career NFL statistics
All-purpose Yards:893
Scoring Points:105
TDs:6
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Al Bloodgood was born in Beatrice, Nebraska and attended Beatrice High School where became a Nebraska high school track state champion for the 100-yard dash in 1920, and the 440-yard dash and 880-yard relay in 1921.[2] He graduated from high school in 1921.[3]

College football career

Bloodgood attended DePauw University and then at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned varsity letters as a quarterback in 1923 and 1924. At Nebraska, he played during the tenure of head football coach Fred Dawson and alongside Ed Weir and Verne Lewellen.

Bloodgood was a Cornhusker on the 1923 team that defeated Notre Dame University and head coach Knute Rockne's "Four Horsemen" for the second straight year. He was starting quarterback in the following year's 1924 game where the Cornhuskers lost 34-6 to the Fighting Irish.[4]

Professional football career

Bloodgood played 34 games during five seasons in the NFL between 1925 and 1930.[5] He did not play in 1929.

Bloodgood made his professional debut in the NFL playing two years with the Kansas City Cowboys in 1925-1926. He was listed as a back with jersey number 23.[6] On December 12, 1926 against the Duluth Eskimos he tied an NFL record (with Paddy Driscoll) of 4 drop-kicked field goals in a single game.[7]

When the Kansas City Cowboys franchise folded at the end of 1926, he followed his player-coach LeRoy Andrews as the team essentially relocated as the Cleveland Bulldogs for its 1927 and final season. He is listed as a tailback and wore jersey number 1.[8][9][10] It was with the Bulldogs that Bloodgood had his best year when he ran back a fumble for a touchdown, and was tied for sixth in league touchdowns and fifth in field goals.[11]

In 1928 Bloodgood played for the New York Giants and was listed as blocking back.[12]

After not playing during 1929, Bloodgood to the NFL and played pre-season football with the Green Bay Packers,[13] playing once again with former Cornhusker teammate Verne Lewellen. At age 29 and in his final season, he played three games on the 1930 Green Bay Packers championship team, where he is listed as a back and special teams starter[14]

References

  1. ^ "Al Bloodgood, BUS Athletic Great, Dies", Beatrice Daily Sun, Wednesday, March 26, 1947, Beatrice, Nebraska, United States Of America
  2. ^ [1] Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "NEGenWeb: Gage Co. Beatrice HS 1921". Usgennet.org. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  4. ^ [2] Archived March 10, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "NFL Players Born in". Databasefootball.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  6. ^ "Ongoing Research Project: Kansas City Blues/Kansas City Cowboys". Rci.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  7. ^ "Release » The last dropkick". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  8. ^ "1927 Cleveland Bulldogs Stats". Jt-sw.com. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  9. ^ "Ongoing Research Project: Cleveland Indians/Cleveland Bulldogs". Rci.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  10. ^ "NFL History - Team Rosters - 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs". Football.about.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  11. ^ "NFL 1927 League stats, awards and more on". Databasefootball.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  12. ^ "NFL History - Team Rosters - 1928 New York Giants". Football.about.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  13. ^ "The 1930 Green Bay Packers (10-3-1) - World Champions". The-kramerfamily.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  14. ^ "1930 Green Bay Packers Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
1924 College Football All-America Team

The 1924 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1924. The six selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1924 season are (1) Walter Camp, whose selections were published in Collier's Weekly, (2) Football World magazine (FW), (3) the All-America Board (AAB), (4) the International News Service (INS), (5) Liberty magazine, and (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA).

The only unanimous All-American in 1924 was halfback Red Grange of Illinois, known as "The Galloping Ghost" and who in 2008 was named by ESPN as the best college football player of all time. The consensus All-Americans recognized by the NCAA for 1924 also include tackle Ed Weir, who was later named the 19th best athlete in Nebraska history, and three of Notre Dame's legendary Four Horseman (halfback Jim Crowley, quarterback Harry Stuhldreher, and fullback Elmer Layden).

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.

Benny Friedman

Benjamin Friedman (March 18, 1905 – November 24, 1982) was an American football player and coach, and athletic administrator.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Friedman played college football as a halfback and quarterback for the University of Michigan Wolverines from 1924 to 1926. Friedman played in the backfield on both offense and defense, handled kicking and return duties, and was known for his passing game. He was a consensus first-team All-American in both 1925 and 1926, and won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the Big Ten Conference in 1926.

Friedman also played eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Bulldogs (1927), Detroit Wolverines (1928), New York Giants (1929–1931), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1932–1934). He was the leading passer of his era in the NFL and is credited with revolutionizing the game with his passing prowess. He led the league in passing for four consecutive years from 1927 to 1930, and was selected as the first-team All-NFL quarterback in each of those years. He also served as the head coach of the Giants during a portion of the 1930 season, and head coach of the Dodgers during the 1932 season.

Friedman later served as the head football coach at City College of New York from 1934 to 1941, and at Brandeis University from 1950 to 1959. He was also the first Athletic Director at Brandeis, holding the position from 1949 to 1963. During World War II, he was a lieutenant in the United States Navy, serving as the deck officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La in the Pacific theater. He was part of the inaugural class of inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, and was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

Bloodgood (surname)

Bloodgood is a surname. Notable people with the surname includeL

Frans Jansen Bloetgoet, Dutch emigrant to Flushing, NY and progenitor of the American Bloodgood family

Al Bloodgood, American football player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers

Clara Bloodgood, stage actress

Claude Bloodgood, chess player

Lt. Col. Edward Bloodgood of the Union Army; fought at the Battle of Brentwood

Joseph Wheeler Bloodgood (1926-1960), American judge and politician

Katherine Bloodgood, American contralto singer and vaudeville performer

Moon Bloodgood, actress and model

Drop kick

A drop kick is a type of kick in various codes of football. It involves a player dropping the ball and then kicking it when it bounces off the ground.

Drop kicks are most importantly used as a method of restarting play and scoring points in rugby union and rugby league. Association football goalkeepers also often return the ball to play with drop kicks. The kick was once in wide use in both Australian rules football and gridiron football, but is today rarely seen in either sport.

List of New York Giants players

This article is a list of American football players who have played for the National Football League (NFL)'s New York Giants. It includes players that have played one or more games for the Giants in the NFL regular season. The New York Giants franchise was founded in 1925. The Giants have played for nineteen NFL Championships and have won eight, including four of the five Super Bowls in which they have played.

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