William E. Kuusisto (April 26, 1918 – May 28, 1973) was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Green Bay Packers. Kuusisto played collegiate ball for the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 8th round of the 1941 NFL Draft. He played professionally for six seasons and retired in 1946. Kuusisto was also a professional wrestler.
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|Born:||April 26, 1918|
|Died:||May 28, 1973 (aged 55)|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||228 lb (103 kg)|
|High school:||Minneapolis (MN) Roosevelt|
|NFL Draft:||1941 / Round: 8 / Pick: 66|
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The 1940 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Big Ten Conference teams selected by the Associated Press (AP) and United Press (UP) for the 1940 Big Ten Conference football season.1940 Big Ten Conference football season
The 1940 Big Ten Conference football season was the 45th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1940 college football season. The University of Chicago terminated its football program after the 1939 season, leaving only nine conference members fielding football teams. However, Chicago remained a member of the conference and participated in other sports, and the conference remained known generally as the Big Ten.
The 1940 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team under head coach Bernie Bierman compiled a perfect 8–0 record, outscored opponents by a combined total of 154 to 71, won the Big Ten championship, and was ranked No. 1 in the final AP Poll. Quarterback Bob Paffrath was selected as the team's most valuable player. Tackle Urban Odson and halfback George Franck were consensus first-team picks for the 1940 College Football All-America Team.
Michigan, under head coach Fritz Crisler, compiled a 7–1 record, led the conference in both scoring offense (24.5 points per game) and scoring defense (4.3 points per game), and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll. The team's sole setback was a 7–6 loss on the road against Minnesota. Halfback Tom Harmon was a unanimous first-team All-American and the winner of the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, and the AP's male athlete of the year award.
Northwestern, under head coach Pappy Waldorf, finished in third place in the Big Ten with a 6–2 record and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP Poll. Northwestern's two losses were to No. 1 Minnesota (by one point) and No. 3 Michigan (by seven points). Northwestern tackle Alf Bauman was a consensus first-team All-American.1941 Green Bay Packers season
The 1941 Green Bay Packers season was their 23rd season overall and their 21st season in the National Football League. The club posted a 10–1 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning a tie for first place in the Western Conference with the Chicago Bears. The Packers and Bears played a one-game playoff in Chicago to determine who would play in the NFL Championship Game. The Packers lost 33–14 to the Bears, in the first post-season game ever played between the archrivals. The second post-season game came 70 years later, in the NFC Championship game on January 22, 2011.1941 NFL Draft
The 1941 National Football League Draft was held on December 10, 1940, at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C.1943 Green Bay Packers season
The 1943 Green Bay Packers season was their 25th overall and their 23rd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 7–2–1 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning a second-place finish in the Western Conference.1944 Green Bay Packers season
The 1944 Green Bay Packers season was their 26th season overall and their 24th season in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–2 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season beating the New York Giants 14–7 in the NFL Championship Game, their sixth league title. Don Hutson led the NFL in touchdowns for a record-setting eighth time in his career.1945 Green Bay Packers season
The 1945 Green Bay Packers season was their 27th season overall and their 25th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–4 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning them a third-place finish in the Western Conference.1946 Green Bay Packers season
The 1946 Green Bay Packers season was their 28th season overall and their 26th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–5 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning them a third-place finish in the Western Conference.Green Bay Packers draft history
This page is a list of the Green Bay Packers NFL Draft selections. The Packers have participated in every NFL draft since it began in 1936, in which they made Russ Letlow their first-ever selection.List of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the NFL Draft
This is a list of Minnesota Golden Gophers football players in the NFL Draft.List of University of Wisconsin–Madison people in athletics
List of University of Wisconsin–Madison people in athleticsList of Wisconsin Badgers in the NFL Draft
The University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers have drafted 294 players into the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936. The Badgers' highest draft position was second overall in 1944, when Pat Harder was selected by Card-Pitt. Wisconsin's first drafted player in the NFL was Eddie Jankowski, who was the 9th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1937. Five former Badgers were selected from the latest NFL draft: Nick Nelson, Troy Fumagalli, Natrell Jamerson, Jack Cichy and Leon Jacobs.
Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record, with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).Before the AFL–NFL merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a massive bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues would hold a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft. This list includes players that have transferred to or from Wisconsin.Steagles
The Steagles was the team created by the temporary merger of two National Football League (NFL) teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles, during the 1943 season. The teams were forced to merge because both had lost many players to military service during World War II. The league's official record book refers to the team as "Phil-Pitt Combine", but the unofficial "Steagles", despite never being registered by the NFL, has become the enduring moniker.