1952 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 28 –
December 14, 1952
American Conf. ChampionsCleveland Browns
National Conf. ChampionsDetroit Lions (playoff)
Championship Game
ChampionsDetroit Lions

The 1952 NFL season was the 33rd regular season of the National Football League. Prior to the season, the legacy of the Dayton Triangles, the final remaining Ohio League member and the franchise then known as the New York Yanks owner Ted Collins sold his team back to the NFL. A few days later, a new team was then awarded to an ownership group in Dallas, Texas, after it purchased the assets of the Yanks.

However, the new Dallas Texans went 1–11, and were sold back to the league midway through the season. For the team's last five games, the league operated the Texans as a road team, with the franchise "returning to its roots" as a traveling team just as they were in the 1920s when they were known as the Dayton Triangles, with them becoming the final traveling team to date in NFL history, using Hershey, Pennsylvania, as a home base. One of their final two "home" games were held at the Rubber Bowl in Akron, Ohio, the other one played at the opposing team's (Detroit) stadium. After the season ended, the league considers the Texans to have folded, however all of the Triangles-Texans players and assets were awarded to Carroll Rosenbloom for the following year, becoming the new Baltimore Colts, keeping the blue and white color scheme, and the assets of the franchise ultimately never missing a season in some form. This left Dallas without a professional football franchise until the births of the Dallas Cowboys and the AFL version of the Dallas Texans in 1960.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game.

This was the last NFL season prior to the introduction of regular season overtime in 1974 that there were no ties in the regular season.


The 1952 NFL Draft was held on January 17, 1952 at Philadelphia's Hotel Statler. With the first pick, the Los Angeles Rams selected quarterback Bill Wade from Vanderbilt University.

Major rule changes

Regular season


Conference races

Week National American
1 Tie (Bears, S.F) 1–0–0 4 teams (Cle, NYG, Phi, Was) 1–0–0
2 San Francisco 49ers 2–0–0 Tie (Cle, NYG) 2–0–0
3 San Francisco 49ers 3–0–0 New York Giants 3–0–0
4 San Francisco 49ers 4–0–0 3 teams (Cards, Cle., NYG) 3–1–0
5 San Francisco 49ers 5–0–0 Cleveland Browns 4–1–0
6 San Francisco 49ers 5–1–0 Cleveland Browns 4–2–0
7 Tie (Lions, 49ers) 5–2–0 Tie (Browns, Giants) 5–2–0
8 Tie (Lions, 49ers) 6–2–0 Cleveland Browns 6–2–0
9 4 teams (Det., GB, LA, SF) 6–3–0 3 teams (Cle., NYG, Phi) 6–3–0
10 Tie (Det., LA) 7–3–0 Cleveland Browns 7–3–0
11 Tie (Det., LA) 8–3–0 Cleveland Browns 8–3–0
12 Tie (Det., LA) 9–3–0 Cleveland Browns 8–4–0

Final standings


Further information: 1952 NFL playoffs

The Lions hosted and won the National Conference playoff. The Browns hosted the NFL Championship Game, but were defeated by the Lions.

National Conference playoff NFL Championship
A Cleveland Browns 7
N Detroit Lions 17
N Los Angeles Rams 21
N Detroit Lions 31

League leaders

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Otto Graham Cleveland 2816
Rushing Dan Towler Los Angeles 894
Receiving Billy Howton Green Bay 1231

Coaching changes



Stadium changes


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  2. ^ "Outlook Good for Dead Heat In Pro Grid Loop Divisions," Corpus Christi Times, Nov 10, 1952, p19
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  5. ^ "Detroit Upends Packers; Dallas Posts First Win," The Athens (O.) Messenger, Nov 28, 1952, p8
  6. ^ "Eagles Deserted By 'Lady Luck'", Charleston Daily Mail, Dec 15, 1952, p16