Norm Standlee
No. 22, 72, 32
Norm Standlee in 1949
Born:July 19, 1919
Downey, California, U.S.
Died:January 5, 1981(1981-01-05) (aged 61)
Mountain View, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)FB, LB
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight238 lb (108 kg)
NFL draft1941, Round: 1, Pick: 3
Drafted byChicago Bears
Career history
As player
1941Chicago Bears
1946–1952San Francisco 49ers
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls1950
Career stats
Games played86

Norman S. Standlee (July 19, 1919 – January 5, 1981) was an American football fullback and, later in his career, linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted out of Stanford University in the first round with the third overall pick by the Chicago Bears in 1941.[1] He paid immediate dividends by finishing fourth in the league in rushing with a total of 414 yards and second in average per carry with 5.1. He helped the Chicago Bears to the league championship title over the New York Giants that year before serving in the armed forces in World War II.

Norm Standlee on a 1950 Bowman football card.

Standlee was also the first fullback for the San Francisco 49ers of the All-America Football Conference, playing with Frankie Albert, Johnny Strzykalski, and Len Eshmont in that first backfield of the 49ers.

On January 5, 1981, he died of natural causes in a motel room. He was 61.[2]


  1. ^ "1941 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-03-31.
  2. ^ United Press International (January 6, 1981). "NORM STANDLEE,62, STAR OF A STANFORD BACKFIELD". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2017.