Leo Jensvold
No. 10
Position:Quarterback, Halfback
Personal information
Born:(1908-05-29)May 29, 1908
Emmetsburg, Iowa
Died:May 30, 1966(1966-05-30) (aged 58)
Emmetsburg, Iowa
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school:Emmetsburg (IA)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 1× All-Big Ten (1930)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:7–8
Games started:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Leo Boyd Jensvold (May 29, 1908 – May 30, 1966) was an American football quarterback and halfback who played one season in the National Football League (NFL). He played in one game for the Chicago Bears before joining the Cleveland Indians and finishing the season with them.[1] He played college football at Iowa and played alongside his twin brother, Lloyd.

Early life and education

Leo Jensvold was born on May 29, 1908, in Emmetsburg, Iowa.[a] He went to Emmetsburg High School before attending University of Iowa. At Emmetsburg High, he and his brother only lost three games, and won the 1926 State Championship.[2] He also was named All-State in 1925 and '26.[3] He is one of three Emmetsburg High School attendees to play professionally.[4][5] While at Iowa, he was considered a "star" halfback and quarterback for their football team, the Hawkeyes.[6] He won letters,[7][8] and played there from 1928 to 1930. He played with his twin brother, Lloyd Jensvold.[2] Leo was one of the top players on the team, being involved in almost every play.[9][10] In 1930, he and Lloyd both started the season at quarterback, but then Leo was moved to halfback and eventually became the team's leading rusher.[11][2] His final college game was a charity All-Star game with the Midwest All-Stars against the Southern All-Stars. Under coach Bob Zuppke, the Midwest lost, 18 to 0.[12] Jensvold was described as "almost the entire mid-west offense, his passes and fierce plunges accounting for virtually all of his team's gains."[12][13] Jensvold was also named All-Big Ten.

Professional career

On August 27, 1931, Jensvold was signed by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).[14][15][16][17][18] He played in week one against his future team, the Cleveland Indians.[19] He wore number 10.[20] In week two, he was scheduled to play against the Green Bay Packers,[21] but joined the Indians instead.[20] He joined them along with former Iowa teammate Carl Pignatelli.[22][23] With the Indians he would play in between 6[24] and 7 games,[20] starting 4.[25] He did not play a second season as the Indians folded from the league.

Later life and death

After his professional career he worked as the secretary and treasurer of the Emmetsburg Production Credit Association.[26] He also served in World War II. On May 30, 1966, he drowned in Emmetsburg after his boat capsized in Five Island Lake.[27] It was only one day after his 58th birthday.


  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference lists his birth date to be March 29


  1. ^ "Leo Jensvold football Statistics on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  2. ^ a b c Finn, Mike; Leistikow, Chad (May 29, 1998). Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 9781571671783 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Emmetsburg Football - Iowa High School Sports". sites.google.com.
  4. ^ "Emmetsburg (Emmetsburg, IA) Alumni Pro Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "Emmetsburg - Iowa High School Sports". sites.google.com.
  6. ^ "Leo Jensvold - Iowa Hawkeyes Player Profile - Summary of Iowa football and basketball games". Hawkeye Recap.
  7. ^ "2012 Iowa Football Media Guide". Issuu. p. 179.
  8. ^ "All-Time Letterwinners". University of Iowa Athletics. June 2, 2004.
  9. ^ "Play by Play of Iowa Game". Quad-City Times. October 19, 1930 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ "Centenary Beats Hawkeyes; Pair of Fumbles Helps". The Times. October 12, 1930 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ "The Lantern 6 November 1930 — Ohio State University Newspaper Archives". osupublicationarchives.osu.edu.
  12. ^ a b "Zuppke's Midwestern Gridders Take Trimming at Dallas, 18-0; Leo Jensvold Stars for Losers". Quad-City Times. January 2, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  13. ^ "EMMETSBURG F. B. STAR –KES GOOD AGAIN–". Kossuth County Advance. January 15, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  14. ^ "JENSVOLD SIGNS UP WITH BEARS". Globe-Gazette. August 27, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  15. ^ "LEO JENSVOLD WILL PLAY PRO FOOTBALL". Des Moines Tribune. August 28, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  16. ^ "Leo Jensvold Signs With Chicago Bears". The Des Moines Register. August 28, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  17. ^ "FORMER HAWKEYE STAR JOINS PROS". Ames Daily Tribune. August 28, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  18. ^ "Leo Jensvold, who started at quarterback for Iowa, has joined the Chicago Bears". Asheville Citizen-Times. October 6, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  19. ^ "1931 Chicago Bears Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  20. ^ a b c "Leo Jensvold Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  21. ^ "PACKERS TO FACE SPEED AND POWER". Marshfield News-Herald. September 24, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  22. ^ "Leo Jensvold and Carl Pignatelli Join Pro Eleven". The Daily Times. September 23, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  23. ^ "3 IOWANS ON PRO ELEVEN". Iowa City Press-Citizen. September 23, 1931 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  24. ^ "Leo Jensvold Stats - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com.
  25. ^ Willis, Chris (July 7, 2005). Old Leather: An Oral History of Early Pro Football in Ohio, 1920-1935. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9781461670179 – via Google Books.
  26. ^ "Leo Jensvold, Emmetsburg". Kossuth County Advance. October 9, 1952 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  27. ^ "DROWNS AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES". The Des Moines Register. May 31, 1966 – via Newspapers.com. open access