Gaynell Tinsley

Gaynell Charles "Gus" Tinsley (February 1, 1915 – July 24, 2002) was an American football end and coach. He played professionally for the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) from 1937 to 1938 and in 1940. He attended Louisiana State University, where he was a consensus All-American for the LSU Tigers football team in 1935 and 1936. In 1937 he was drafted by the Cardinals, with whom he was an All-NFL selection in 1937 and 1938. During his three years in the NFL, Tinsley set or tied NFL single-season records with 674 receiving yards in 1937 and 41 pass receptions in 1938. He later served as the head football coach at LSU from 1948 to 1954. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956.

Gaynell Tinsley
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Tinsley in 1955
No. 14
Position:End
Personal information
Born:February 1, 1915
Ruple, Louisiana
Died:July 24, 2002 (aged 87)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Homer (LA)
College:LSU
NFL Draft:1937 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

College career

Tinsley was born in Ruple, Louisiana and raised in Homer, Louisiana in the northern part of the state. He attended Louisiana State University where he played football and baseball and was selected as the captain of both teams.[1] He was considered one of the greatest receivers in college football, earning consensus All-American honors in both 1935 and 1936. As a junior in 1935, Tinsley was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press,[2] United Press,[3] Liberty Magazine (selected based on a poll of 1,521 varsity players in all parts of the country),[4] Collier's Weekly,[5] the Newspaper Editors Association,[6] the International News Service,[7] and The New York Sun.[8] At the time, at age 19 he was one of the youngest ever named to the All-America team.[9] In 1936, Tinsley repeated as a first-team All-American with each of these publications and also received the first-team designation from the Central Press Association (selected by the captains of more than 50 college football teams at "important universities and colleges throughout the United States"),[10] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.[11]

Gaynell Tinsley playing for LSU
Tinsley while at LSU

Tinsley's profile at the College Football Hall of Fame describes him as such: "Tinsley was a magnificent athletic specimen, standing 6-0, and weighing 196-pounds, size he used equally well as a defensive stalwart who was a blocking master."[1] As a sophomore in 1934, Tinsley had a 65-yard pass reception, thrown by halfback Abe Mickal, against Southern Methodist University, which stood as a record for several years as "the longest pass in Southern football history."[1] Tinsley's coach at LSU, Bernie Moore, once said, "Tinsley could have made All-American at any position. He was so tough, he made blockers quit. He's the greatest lineman I ever saw."[12]

Tinsley concluded his college career by playing in the Chicago College All-Star Game, an annual game between college all-stars and an NFL team. Tinsley scored the only points of the game on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Sammy Baugh, as the college players defeated the Green Bay Packers, 6–0.[12] This was the first victory for the college players against the professionals in the series.[13]

In 1993, LSU selected its all-time team as part of the celebration of the centennial of LSU football. Tinsley was "the only unanimous choice" for LSU's "Early Years Team of the Century."[12][14] Upon his death in 2002, LSU Sports described his contributions to the school's football teams of the mid-1930s as follows:

Tinsley is widely considered to be among the finest athletes to ever play at LSU. The star end led the Tigers to their first two SEC titles and played in two Sugar Bowls. He earned All-SEC and All-American honors in 1935–36 for his ability to dominate a game on both sides of the ball. In 1936, he was also second in balloting for national MVP honors. ... At 6-3, 215 pounds, Tinsley was considered to the prototype end of his era because of his mobility.[12]

Professional career

Tinsley was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals as the 12th overall pick in the 1937 NFL Draft. He played for the Cardinals for three years: in 1937, 1938 and 1940. As a rookie in 1937, Tinsley set an NFL record with 675 receiving yards.[12] He also ranked among the NFL's 1937 leaders in several categories, including 36 receptions (second in the NFL), 675 receiving yards (first in the NFL), 677 total yards from scrimmage (second in the NFL), five receiving touchdowns (second in the NFL), 18.8 yards per reception (first in the NFL) and 61.4 receiving yards per game (first in the NFL).[15] At the end of the 1937 season, Tinsley was selected as a first-team All-NFL player by the United Press, the NFL, New York Daily News, and Collyers Eye magazine.[15]

Tinsley twice set the record for the longest pass reception in NFL history.[16] He set the mark first in 1937, when he caught a 97-yard pass from Pat Coffee for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. He broke his own record the following season, against the Cleveland Rams in the Cardinals' final game, with a 98-yard touchdown reception from Doug Russell.[17] Several NFL receivers have since recorded 99-yard receptions, but Tinsley's 98-yarder remains a Cardinals franchise record (although it has been tied twice).[18][19]

In 1938, Tinsley continued as one of the league's top receivers. He caught passes in nine of the Cardinals' eleven games during the season.[20] His 41 receptions in 1938 tied the all-time NFL single-season record, set by Don Hutson two seasons prior. He also ranked among the 1938 league leaders with 516 receiving yards (second in the NFL) and 46.9 yards per game (fourth in the NFL). He was again selected as a first-team All-NFL player, this time receiving the honor from Pro Football Writers, the NFL, and Collyers Eye magazine.[15]

In March 1939, Tinsley signed a contract to play professional minor league baseball for the Marshall Tigers of the East Texas League.[21] He also left the Cardinals a week into training camp to take up a head coaching position at Haynesville High School in Haynesville, Louisiana, replacing Cecil Crowley.[22][23]

He returned to the NFL and played in seven games in 1940 before he suffered a torn ligament in his left knee while making a tackle against the Cleveland Rams, which effectively ended his season.[24]

When Tinsley retired, he ranked fourth in NFL history in pass receptions, despite having played only three seasons of professional football.[12] At the time, he was cited along with Don Hutson as being one of "the two greatest pass receivers of all time."[22]

Coaching career

After service in the U.S. Navy, Tinsley worked as a high school football coach in Haynesville, Louisiana.[12] He then served as an assistant football coach at LSU through the 1947 season. In 1948, LSU's long-time football coach, Bernie Moore, retired, and Tinsley was promoted to replace his former mentor.[25] In 1949, Tinsley's team finished the regular season 8–2 and played in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma.[12] He became the first person to participate in the Sugar Bowl as both a player and a head coach.[13] Tinsley's LSU teams never met with the same success they had achieved in 1949. In seven years as head coach at LSU, Tinsley's teams compiled a record of 35–34–6.[26] Displeased with the team's performance, the LSU board of supervisors fired Tinsley in February 1955, though they agreed to pay his salary of $12,500 per year for the two remaining years on his contract.[26] After the vote to remove him, Tinsley said, "I have not made any future plans as yet, but I do know that I will continue to help LSU whenever and wherever I can."[26]

Later years

Tinsley was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956.[27] He was elected as one of three charter members to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1959.[28] Despite playing only two seasons during the decade, he was voted to the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team.[29] Tinsley died in 2002 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at age 87.[12]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Louisiana College Wildcats (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1937–1938)
1937 Louisiana College 3–6
1938 Louisiana College 4–4–1
Louisiana College: 7–10–1
LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (1948–1954)
1948 LSU 3–7 1–5 T–10th
1949 LSU 8–3 4–2 5th L Sugar 9
1950 LSU 4–5–2 2–3–2 T–7th
1951 LSU 7–3–1 4–2–1 T–3rd
1952 LSU 3–7 2–5 10th
1953 LSU 5–3–3 2–3–3 8th
1954 LSU 5–6 2–5 9th
LSU: 35–34–6 17–25–6
Total: 42–44–7

References

  1. ^ a b c Gaynell Tinsley at the College Football Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Alan Gould (December 7, 1935). "Lutz, Grayson Only Coast Stars On A.P. All-American: Four Southern Aces Given Laurels". Oakland Tribune.
  3. ^ Stuart Cameron (November 11, 1935). "Grayson On U.P. All-American Team: Moscrip And Lutz Placed On Reserves". Oakland Tribune.
  4. ^ "Bobby Wilson Named Liberty All-Players' All-America Eleven". Galveston Daily News. December 12, 1935.
  5. ^ "Inwood Smith Selected For Collier's 'American: Ohio State Guard One of Three Middlewestern Players Honored; Year Termed 'Greatest'". Circleville Herald. December 12, 1935.
  6. ^ Bernard Bierman (December 2, 1935). "Here's NEA'S 1935 All-America Team". Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune.
  7. ^ Davis Walsh (December 5, 1935). "Walsh's National Eleven Leaves Ohio Out in Cold: Both Minnesota Tackles Chosen; Backfield Includes Smith, Berwanger, Wilson and Grayson". Circleville Herald.
  8. ^ "Reynolds Gets All-Star Post". Oakland Tribune. December 8, 1935.
  9. ^ Moshier, Jeff (November 25, 1936). "Hitting The High Spots". The Evening Independent. p. 6. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  10. ^ Bill Braucher (December 5, 1935). "Yankee Teams Step Out In All-Star Voting: Playing Captains Pick Top Warriors". Post-Herald (WV).
  11. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". Archived from the original on December 18, 2007.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "LSU's First All-American, Former Coach Gus Tinsley Dies". LSU Sports.
  13. ^ a b Johnson, Raymond (December 30, 1949). "Gus Tinsley First in History In Sugar Bowl as Player, Coach". The Tennessean. p. 25. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  14. ^ 2001 LSU Football Media Guide. p. 257. Retrieved October 16, 2016
  15. ^ a b c "Gaynell Tinsley". pro-football-reference.com.
  16. ^ Kirksey, George (November 28, 1938). "'Skins-Giants Stage Fight For Pro Lead". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press. p. 23. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  17. ^ "Detroit Figures On Play-Off For Pro Grid Crown". The Evening Independent. Associated Press. November 30, 1938. p. 10. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  18. ^ Cardinals franchise passing records. Arizona Cardinals. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chicago/St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals Career Receiving Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  20. ^ "Tinsley Selected Ace Pro Receiver". The Anniston Star. United Press. December 22, 1938. p. 10. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  21. ^ "Tinsley Signs Pro Baseball Contract". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press. March 12, 1939. p. 4. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  22. ^ a b Conzelman, Jimmy (September 6, 1940). "Tinsley as Good as Hutson?". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 38. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  23. ^ "Gaynell Tinsley Will Coach At Haynesville High". The Delta Democrat-Times. Associated Press. August 18, 1939. p. 6. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  24. ^ "Gaynell Tinsley Through For Rest of Season". San Jose Evening News. Associated Press. October 26, 1940. p. 11. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  25. ^ "Gaynell Tinsley Gets Louisiana State Post". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. March 11, 1948. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  26. ^ a b c "LSU Shakes Up Athletic Department: Head Grid Coach Tinsley Fired". Council Bluffs Nonpareil. 1955-02-06.
  27. ^ "14 Elected To Football Hall of Fame". Herald-Journal. Associated Press. January 8, 1956. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  28. ^ "Hall of Fame in Louisiana Picks Three". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. January 4, 1959. p. 4. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  29. ^ "NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1930s". Pro Football Hall of Fame. January 8, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2017.

External links

1935 All-SEC football team

The 1935 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1935 college football season. The LSU Tigers won the conference, posting an undefeated conference record.

1935 LSU Tigers football team

The 1935 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University (LSU) in the 1935 college football season. The team was led by halfback Abe Mickal and end Gaynell Tinsley. It was Bernie Moore's first of thirteen seasons as head coach of the Tigers. One of the 13 selectors recognized as official by the NCAA (Williamson) recognize the 1935 LSU team as the co-national champion. LSU, however, does not recognize the team as national champions, though they did put a note in the media guide.

1936 All-SEC football team

The 1936 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1936 college football season. LSU won the conference for the second straight year.

1936 College Football All-America Team

The 1936 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 1936. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1936 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the United Press (UP), (4) the All-America Board (AAB), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), and (9) the Sporting News (SN).

1936 Sugar Bowl

The 1936 Sugar Bowl, part of the 1935–36 bowl game season, took place on January 1, 1936, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The competing teams were the LSU Tigers, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the TCU Horned Frogs, representing the Southwest Conference (SWC). TCU won the game, 3–2.

1937 All-Pro Team

The 1937 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 1937 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the NFL coaches (NFL), the International News Service (INS), the United Press (UP), Collyer's Eye (CE), and the New York Daily News (NYDN).Four players were selected for the first team by all five selectors: Detroit Lions quarterback Dutch Clark; Green Bay Packers fullback Clarke Hinkle; Washington Redskins tackle Turk Edwards; and Chicago Bears guard George Musso. Three others were named to the first team by four selectors: Washington Redskins Sammy Baugh (NFL, INS, UP, NYDN; selected as a halfback); Chicago Cardinals end Gaynell Tinsley (NFL, UP, CE, NYDN); and Chicago Bears tackle Joe Stydahar (NFL, UP, CE, NYDN). Three more were selected by three selectors: Washington Redskins halfback Cliff Battles (NFL, INS, NYDN); Green Bay Packers end Don Hutson (INS, CE, NYDN); and New York Giants center Mel Hein (NFL, INS, NYDN).

1937 NFL season

The 1937 NFL season was the 18th regular season of the National Football League. The Cleveland Rams joined the league as an expansion team. Meanwhile, the Redskins relocated from Boston to Washington, D.C.

The season ended when the Redskins, led by rookie quarterback Sammy Baugh, defeated the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship Game.

1938 All-Pro Team

The 1938 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 1938 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the National Professional Football Writers Association (PFW), the United Press (UP), the International News Service (INS), Collyer's Eye (CE), and the New York Daily News (NYDN).Players displayed in bold were consensus first-team selections. Four players were selected for the first team by all five selectors: New York Giants halfback Ed Danowski; Green Bay Packers fullback Clarke Hinkle; New York Giants tackle Ed Widseth; and Chicago Bears guard Dan Fortmann. Another two were selected for the first team by four selectors: Brooklyn Dodgers quarterback Ace Parker (PFW, UP, INS, NYDN); Pittsburgh Pirates halfback Byron White (PFW, UP, INS, CE); and Green Bay Packers end Don Hutson (PFW, UP, INS, NYDN). Five players were selected for the first team by three selectors: Chicago Cardinals end Gaynell Tinsley (PFW, INS, CE); Philadelphia Eagles end Bill Hewitt (UP, CE, NYDN); Chicago Bears tackle Joe Stydahar (UP, INS, NYDN); Green Bay Packers guard Russ Letlow (PFW, INS, CE); and New York Giants center Mel Hein (UP, INS, NYDN).

1950 Sugar Bowl

The 1950 edition to the Sugar Bowl featured the second ranked Oklahoma Sooners and the 9th ranked LSU Tigers.

Prior to the game, former LSU player Piggy Barnes was caught spying on Oklahoma practices with a telescope and a camera.After a scoreless first quarter, Leon Heath scored on touchdown runs of 86 and 34 yards in the second quarter, as Oklahoma built a 14-0 lead. He would finish the game with 170 yards on 15 carries with two scores. In the third quarter, Pearson threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Thomas as Oklahoma extended its lead to 21-0. In the fourth quarter, Thomas and Royal scored on runs of 5 yard each as Oklahoma won 35-0. Leon Heath was named Sugar Bowl MVP.

1953 LSU Tigers football team

The 1953 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University during the 1953 college football season. Under head coach Gaynell Tinsley, the Tigers had a record of 5–3–3 with an SEC record of 2–3–3.

1954 LSU Tigers football team

The 1954 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University during the 1954 college football season. Under head coach Gaynell Tinsley, the Tigers had a record of 5–6 with a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 2–5. It was Tinsley's final season as head coach at LSU.

Charles McClendon

Charles Youmans McClendon (October 17, 1923 – December 6, 2001), also known as "Cholly Mac", was an American football player and coach. He served at the head coach at Louisiana State University from 1962 to 1979. McClendon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Doug Russell (American football)

Dougal Russell Jr. (June 11, 1911 – October 10, 1995) was a professional American football player. On November 27, 1938, during a game against the Cleveland Rams, Russell threw a 98-yard touchdown pass to Gaynell Tinsley.

History of LSU Tigers football

The LSU Tigers football team represents Louisiana State University in the sport of American football. The university has fielded a team every year since it began play in 1893, except in 1918 due to World War I. It has competed in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) since 1933, and in the conference's Western division since 1992. Previously, LSU was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) from 1896 to 1921 and the Southern Conference (SoCon) from 1922 to 1932. There have been 32 head coaches for the team, starting with Charles E. Coates in 1893. Since 2016, the head coach of the Tigers is Ed Orgeron. LSU has played 1,221 games in its 123 seasons of play, and has compiled an all-time record of 772 wins, 405 losses, and 47 ties as of the end of the 2016 season.

Jess Tinsley

Jess D. Tinsley (October 18, 1908 – March 4, 1955) was an American football tackle in the National Football League (NFL). A native of Homer, Louisiana, Tinsley played college football at Louisiana State University for the LSU Tigers, where he was selected All-Southern. Jess was selected second-team for LSU's All-Time football team in 1935. It claimed he "turned into a master tackle in senior year." Jess was the cousin of future LSU football star Gaynell Tinsley.

In the NFL, he played for the Chicago Cardinals. He also played in the early American Football League for the Louisville Bourbons. Despite the AFL’s existing for only one season, it had two All-League teams, one selected by Associated Press writers in the cities represented by the AFL teams and one selected by the coaches of the American Football League. Tinsley made the AP Team.

List of LSU Tigers bowl games

The LSU Tigers football team represents Louisiana State University in the sport of American football. LSU has competed in 51 bowl games (with 50 being sanctioned by the NCAA) in its history, going 26–23–1 in NCAA sanctioned bowl games. The Tigers have played in 19 straight bowl games since 2000, the fourth longest active streak in the NCAA and second longest in the Southeastern Conference.

List of LSU Tigers football All-Americans

A College Football All-America Team is selected annually by various organizations to recognize each season's most outstanding players at each position. Certain organizations are recognized by the NCAA as "official" selectors, whose teams are used to determine consensus and unanimous All-Americans. The LSU Tigers football team has had 34 players recognized as consensus All-Americans, with nine of those being unanimous selections. Gaynell Tinsley was LSU's first consensus (1935) and unanimous (1936) All-American. Four LSU players have been recognized as consensus All-Americans twice: Tinsley, Billy Cannon, Tommy Casanova, and Charles Alexander. Cannon is the only LSU player to be unanimously selected twice, doing so in 1958 and 1959. Casanova is widely considered LSU's only three-time All-American; he was named a first-team All-American by at least one selector in 1969, 1970, and 1971.

Pat Coffee

James Lilburn "Pat" Coffee (August 3, 1915 – January 25, 1986) was a professional American football halfback and quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Chicago Cardinals in 1937 and 1938. He set an NFL record in 1937 with the Cardinals with a 97-yard touchdown pass to receiver Gaynell Tinsley.

Wayne Sutton

Wayne Campbell Sutton (November 6, 1890 – November 1976) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Louisiana State University (LSU) for the 1917 season, compiling a record of 3–5. In 1946 Sutton was by appointed Monrad Wallgren, Governors of Washington, to the state's horse racing commission.

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