Charles Goldenberg
No. 21, 51, 44, 43
Position:G / RB
Personal information
Born:April 15, 1911
Odessa, Russian Empire
Died:April 16, 1986(1986-04-16) (aged 75)
Glendale, Wisconsin
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Milwaukee (WI) West Division
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:120
Player stats at · PFR

Charles R. "Buckets" Goldenberg (April 15, 1911 – April 16, 1986) was an All-Pro National Football League (NFL) American football player. He is often credited as the originator of the draw play by forcing Sid Luckman to hand off with his blitzing.[1]


Goldenberg was born in Odessa, Russian Empire, and was Jewish.[2][3] He and his family immigrated to Wisconsin in the United States when he was four years of age.[4][5] His nickname, a play on "buttocks," was "Buckets."[4] He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended and played football for West Division High School in Milwaukee, where he was an All-City halfback.[4][6] He played college football for the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team.[5]

In 1933 as a rookie he led the NFL in touchdowns, with seven.[4][7] In 1939 he was 1st Team All-Pro (Chicago Herald Am.), and in 1942 he was 2nd Team, All-Pro (Associated Press and NFL).[7]

Goldenberg played in 120 NFL games while starting in 69 of them. He had 108 carries for 365 yards and six touchdowns, along with 11 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown.[7] Most of his carries were in his first three seasons (98 of his 108). He had eight career interceptions, with 73 return yards and two touchdowns.[7]

He wrestled as a professional in the off-season.[8][4] Later in his career, he opened up restaurants.[8]

Goldenberg is one of ten players who were named to the National Football League 1930s All-Decade Team who have not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was named “Outstanding Jewish Athlete of All Time” by the Green Bay B’nai B’rith Lodge in 1969, inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1971,[4] and elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973.

See also


  1. ^ Goldenberg, Charles "Buckets" Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, Jews in Sports. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  2. ^ American Jewish Desk Reference – American Jewish Historical Society – Google Books
  3. ^ ‘Curly’s’ sidekick Nate Abrams a forgotten man in Packers’ lore | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
  4. ^ a b c d e f "43 days to Packers football: 'Buckets' Goldenberg". 23 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark - Bob Buege
  6. ^ Buckets Goldenberg Stats |
  7. ^ a b c d Buckets Goldenberg Stats |
  8. ^ a b Chase's sports calendar of events: 1997 – Contemporary Books