Lee Artoe
No. 35
Position:Offensive Tackle/Kicker
Personal information
Born:(1917-03-02)March 2, 1917
Tacoma, Washington
Died:April 1, 2005(2005-04-01) (aged 88)
Wilmette, Illinois
Career information
College:Santa Clara, California
NFL Draft:1940 / Round: 11 / Pick: 97
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:84
Games started:62
Player stats at NFL.com

Lee Robert Reno Artoe (March 2, 1917 – April 1, 2005) was a professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL) and All-America Football Conference (AAFC) for 7 seasons. A tackle, Artoe played for the NFL's Chicago Bears (1940–1942, 1945). In the AAFC, he played for the Los Angeles Dons (1946–1947) and Baltimore Colts (1948).[1]

Artoe played college football at University of Santa Clara, with the Santa Clara Broncos, and in 1940 was picked in the 11th round by Chicago.[2] He returned a fumble in the 1942 NFL Championship Game 52 yards for the first score of the game.[3]

Artoe served in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Underwater Demolition Team.


  1. ^ "Lee Artoe, 88 - Hard-nosed 2-way player on Bears champion team". Chicago Tribune. April 5, 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  2. ^ 1940 NFL draft -Retrieved 2011-1-15
  3. ^ THE COFFIN CORNER Archived 2010-12-18 at the Wayback Machine: Vol. 18, No. 4 (1996) -Retrieved 2011-1-15