Wayland Becker

Wayland Herman Becker (November 2, 1910 – December 1, 1984) was an American football player. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons.

Wayland Becker
No. 21
Position:Defensive end, end, punter
Personal information
Born:November 2, 1910
Soperton, Wisconsin
Died:December 1, 1984 (aged 74)
Lena, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Green Bay (WI) East
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:54
Receptions / Yards:28 / 422
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Becker was born in Soperton, Wisconsin, and attended East High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. While in high school, he twice led his football team to Fox River Valley conference championships, in 1928 and 1929.[1] Becker went on to attend Marquette University, where he played football and basketball, lettering twice.[2]

Football career

Becker began his NFL career with the George Halas's Chicago Bears in 1934. He played just two games for the Bears before completing the 1934 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, with whom he stayed through the 1935 season.

In 1936 Becker went to the Green Bay Packers, where he spent the next three seasons. Those Packers teams played in the NFL Championship Game twice during his tenure, winning in 1936 and losing in 1938.

He finished his NFL career in 1939 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was released by the Pirates after two games.

In 1941 he turned up on the Columbus Bullies of the American Football League. The team won the AFL championship and Becker was named by the league's coaches as second-team All-League based on his performance that season.[3]


  1. ^ Christl, Cliff (August 20, 1995). "East-West rivalry riveted Green Bay folk". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. pp. 9C. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  2. ^ "All-Time Letterwinners". Marquette University athletics. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  3. ^ Gill, Bob (1983). "The Best of the Rest, Part 2" (PDF). The Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 5 (12). Retrieved 11 February 2010.

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1941 American Football League season

The 1941 American Football League season was the second season of the third American Football League. After deeming the 1940 season to be a success, the league made overtures of expansion, even going to the point of having a press conference to announce the addition of new teams (July), but when the press conference was held, the Boston Bears had withdrawn from the league and the new Detroit franchise deferred entry for the 1942 season (interests representing Philadelphia and Baltimore also applied for membership and were denied).The New York Yankees were sold to promoter and agent Douglas Hertz in January; by mid-summer, the AFL revoked the franchise in light of controversies involving Hertz’s finances. A syndicate headed by William Cox was awarded the franchise in August, but Hertz kept the name for his new independent team (which later in the season became a traveling team in the American Association). Cox and the new owners of the AFL franchise redubbed the team the Americans. In Buffalo, a less contentious change of ownership resulted in the Indians becoming the Tigers.The Columbus Bullies successfully defended their 1940 AFL championship. Their 5-1-2 record edged the 5-2-1 of the Americans and the 4-3-1 of the Milwaukee Chiefs.At the beginning of the 1941 season, the Bullies accepted a challenge from the defending Western Interprovincial Football Union champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers for a three-game series; the Bombers had been banned from Grey Cup contention that year due to rules discrepancies between the WIFU and the other organizations playing Canadian football at the time. The Bullies and Blue Bombers played three games, at least partially by Canadian rules (as one of the games, the deciding third game, has Winnipeg's final score as 1 point, which is not possible in the American game). Columbus won the series, 2-1; Winnipeg won the first game 19-12, but Columbus won the next two, 6-0 and 31-1.


Becker (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛkɐ, -kər]) is one of the German-language surnames, along with Bäcker and Baecker, that derive from the [baːk]~[bɛk] root, which refers to baking. The surname began as a name for a baker (and thus his family). In northern Germany it can also derive from the word Beck for Bach (″creek″ or ″brook″) to denote origin.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Jack Clancy

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At Michigan, Clancy started as a quarterback, switched to halfback, returned punts and kickoffs, and became a star as an end. In two seasons as an end (1965–1966), Clancy rewrote the Michigan receiving record book. At the time of his graduation, he held the school records for most receptions and receiving yards in a career, season and game. His 1966 total of 197 receiving yards against Oregon State remained Michigan's single-game receiving record until November 6, 2010. He was named an All-American and also set the Big Ten Conference record for most receptions in a single season of conference play. Though most of his records have since been broken, Clancy continues to rank among the leading receivers in Michigan history.

Clancy was drafted by the Miami Dolphins of the American Football League (AFL). In 1967, quarterback Bob Griese and Clancy were both rookies for the Dolphins. Clancy caught 67 passes that year, setting an AFL rookie record. He was third in the AFL in receptions in 1967 and eighth in receiving yards. He was named to the 1967 AFL All-star game. After a sensational rookie season, Clancy suffered a serious knee injury in a 1968 exhibition game and missed the entire season. While making a comeback in 1969, Clancy suffered an injury to his other knee. Traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1970, Clancy was unable to return to his prior form after the knee injuries. He made only 16 receptions in 14 games and was released by the Packers before the start of the 1971 season.

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Soperton, Wisconsin

Soperton is an unincorporated community located within the town of Wabeno, in Forest County, Wisconsin, United States.

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