Arnie Weinmeister

Arnold George Weinmeister (March 23, 1923 – June 29, 2000) was a Canadian-born American and Canadian football defensive tackle. He went to four Pro Bowls, but with only a six-year tenure in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League combined, his career is one of the shortest of any Pro Football Hall of Fame member. He was born in Rhein, Saskatchewan.

Arnie Weinmeister
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Weinmeister in 1954
No. 73
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:March 23, 1923
Rhein, Saskatchewan
Died:June 29, 2000 (aged 77)
Seattle, Washington
Career information
High school:Portland (OR) Jefferson
College:Washington
NFL Draft:1945 / Round: 17 / Pick: 166
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:71
Fumble recoveries:8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Weinmeister was a two-time All-City tackle in high school, and played end, fullback and tackle during a 4-year tenure at the University of Washington which was interrupted by four years of army service. He was scouted by New York Yankees (AAFC) head coach Ray Flaherty while playing fullback.

Professional career

Weinmeister turned professional in 1948 and played defensive tackle for the New York Yankees in the All-America Football Conference until 1949, and for the New York Giants from 1950 to 1953. During his final season in New York, he served as the team captain. In 1949, Weinmeister won second-team All-AAFC as a rookie followed by first-team All-AAFC honors, was voted All-NFL Choice for four consecutive years (1950–1953), and was selected to play in the NFL's Pro Bowl every year from 1950 to 1953.

He was on the inaugural roster for the BC Lions in 1954, and played for the team for two seasons. He is one of only three Saskatchewan natives to make it to the NFL (the other two being Jon Ryan and Rueben Mayes).

External links

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: member biography
  • Professional Football Researchers Association article
  • "Arnie Weinmeister". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
1949 All-Pro Team

The 1949 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 1949 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), and the New York Daily News.

1950 All-Pro Team

The 1950 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 1950 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), and the New York Daily News.

1952 All-Pro Team

The 1952 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 1952 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), and the New York Daily News.

1953 All-Pro Team

The 1953 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 1953 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Associated Press (AP) (based on voting among 48 member paper sports writers and AP staffers), the United Press (UP), and the New York Daily News.

1954 BC Lions season

The 1954 BC Lions season was the inaugural season for the Lions. By Bailey scored the first touchdown in BC Lions history in an 8–6 loss to Winnipeg on August 28, 1954.

The first win in franchise history (and the only win of the season) came on September 18, 1954, when the Lions defeated the Calgary Stampeders 9–4 at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.

The Lions finished the season with a 1–15 record and failed to make the playoffs.

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Don Lord

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Gerry Tuttle

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Gil Steer

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John Cvitanovich

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Leo Sweeney

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Lorne Reid

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Rhein, Saskatchewan

Rhein (pronounced 'Ryan') is a village in the Wallace Rural Municipality No. 243, Saskatchewan, Canada. The population was 161 at the 2006 Census, 158 at the 2011 Census, and 170 at the 2016 Census.

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