Tackle Pete Henry
Tackle Pete Henry

The 1923 All-Pro Team consists of American football players chosen by various selectors as the best players at their positions for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1923 NFL season.[1] Tackle Pete Henry of the Canton Bulldogs and quarterback Paddy Driscoll of the Chicago Cardinals were the only two players unanimously selected as first-team All-Pros by all known selectors. Two African-American players won All-Pro honors: ends Inky Williams of the Hammond Pros and Duke Slater of the Rock Island Independents.

Selectors and key

For the 1923 season, there are four known selectors of All-Pro Teams.[2] They are:

GB = The Green Bay Press-Gazette compiled first, second, and third teams, based on polling of sports writers from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Racine Times Call, Pittsburgh Post, Racine Journal News, Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Milwaukee Wisconsin News, Duluth News Tribune, Rock Island Argus, Akron Times, Cleveland News, Canton Repository, Ohio State Journal, Dayton Journal, Minnesota Daily Star, and St. Louis Times.[2][3] The results of the above poll were simultaneously published in the Rock Island Argus, Ohio State Journal, and Canton Repository.[2]

CE = Collyer's Eye was a Chicago sports journal. Its All-Pro teams (a first and second team) were selected by E. G. Brands. [4]

VD = Vince Dolan, sports editor of the Canton Daily News picked first- and second-team All-Pro teams. Dolan's picks were published in the Canton Daily News on December 16, 1923. Dolan also gave "honorable mention" recognition to players below his first and second team. The 11 players named to Dolan's first team included seven members of the undefeated 1923 Canton Bulldogs team that won the 1923 NFL championship.[2]

GC = Guy Chamberlin (GC), player and head coach of the Canton Bulldogs, selected a 32-player All-Pro team that was published on December 16, 1923, in the Canton Daily News. Chamberlin's selections did not divide players into first, second, and third teams. Out of the 32 players selected by Chamberlin, 11 were his teammates on the Canton Bulldogs. Chamberlin did not, however, select himself as an All-Pro.[2]

Players who were selected as first-team All-Pros by two of the above selectors are displayed in bold typeface. Players who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are designated with a "†" next to their names.

Selections by position

Ends

End Inky Williams
Player Team Selector(s)
Inky Williams Hammond GB-1, VD-1
Gus Tebell Columbus Tigers GB-1, GC
Luke Urban Buffalo CE-1, VD-HM
Guy Chamberlin Canton Bulldogs GB-2, CE-1
Bird Carroll Canton Bulldogs VD-1, GC
Glen Carberry Buffalo All-Americans GC
Paul G. Goebel Columbus Tigers VD-HM, GC
Tillie Voss Toledo Maroons GB-3 [T], VD-HM, GC
Frank Hanny Chicago Bears GB-2, CE-2
Ben Winkelman Milwaukee Badgers GB-3
Richard O'Donnell Duluth Kelleys GB-3
Dick Reichle Milwaukee Badgers CE-2

Tackles

Tackle Link Lyman
Tackle Link Lyman
Player Team Selector(s)
Pete Henry Canton Bulldogs GB-1, CE-1, VD-1, GC
Ed Healey Chicago Bears GB-1, GC [G]
Link Lyman Canton Bulldogs CE-2, VD-1, GC
Duke Slater Rock Island Independents GB-2, CE-1
Russ Hathaway Dayton Triangles GB-2, GC
Eddie Sauer Dayton Triangles GC
Gus Sonnenberg Buffalo/Columbus VD-HM, GC
Ralph Scott Chicago Bears GC
Steamer Horning Toledo Maroons VD-HM, GC
Cub Buck Green Bay Packers GB-3, VD-HM
Elmer McCormick Buffalo All-Americans CE-2

Guards

Player Team Selector(s)
Swede Youngstrom Buffalo All-Americans GB-1, CE-1
Hec Garvey Chicago Bears GB-2, CE-1, GC
Rudy Comstock Canton Bulldogs VD-1, GC
Bub Weller St. Louis All-Stars GB-1
Hunk Anderson Chicago Bears VD-1
Duke Osborn Canton Bulldogs VD-HM, GC
Jack Sack Columbus Tigers GC
Clyde Zoia Chicago Cardinals GC
Frank Morrissey Buffalo GB-2
Al Nesser Akron Pros GB-3, VD-HM
Tom McNamara Toledo Maroons GB-3
Stan Keck Cleveland Indians CE-2
Herb Sies Rock Island Independents CE-2

Centers

Player Team Selector(s)
Larry Conover Canton Bulldogs GB-2, VD-1, GC
Harry Mehre Minneapolis Marines GB-1
Walt Kreinheder St. Louis All-Stars CE-1
George Trafton Chicago Bears CE-2, VD-HM, GC
Charlie Guy Cleveland Indians GB-3, VD-HM, GC

Quarterbacks

Player Team Selector(s)
Paddy Driscoll Chicago Cardinals GB-1, CE-1, VD-1 [HB], GC [HB]
Harry Robb Canton Bulldogs GB-2 [HB], CE-2 [HB], VD-1, GC
Joey Sternaman Duluth Kelleys CE-2, GC
Johnny Armstrong Rock Island Independents GB-3
Wooky Roberts Canton Bulldogs VD-HM

Halfbacks

Player Team Selector(s)
Cecil Grigg Canton Bulldogs CE-1, GC
Jimmy Conzelman Milwaukee Badgers GB-2 [QB], VD-1, GC [QB]
Jim Thorpe Oorang Indians GB-1
Al Michales Akron Pros GB-1
Hal Erickson Milwaukee Badgers GB-3, CE-1
Lou Smyth Canton Bulldogs GC
Edward Sternaman Chicago Bears GC
Bob Rapp Columbus Tigers GC
Curly Lambeau Green Bay Packers GB-2
Gaylord Stinchcomb Columbus Tigers CE-2, VD-HM
Milton Romney Racine GB-3
Pete Casey St. Louis All-Stars VD-HM

Fullbacks

Player Team Selector(s)
Doc Elliott Canton Bulldogs GB-1, VD-1, GC
Hank Gillo Racine Legion CE-1, VD-HM
Ben Jones Canton Bulldogs GC
Dinger Doane Milwaukee Badgers GB-2
Jack Crangle Chicago Cardinals CE-2
Johnny Kyle Cleveland Indians GB-3, VD-HM

References

  1. ^ "1923 NFL ALL-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e John Hogrogian (1983). "All-Pros of 1923" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Pro Football Researchers.
  3. ^ "Lambeau Picked For Second All Pro". Green Bay Press-Gazette. December 21, 1923. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Collyer's All-Star Pro Elevens". The Davenport Democrat and Leader. December 21, 1923. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com.