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Here are the reported deaths of Pro Football players between the years 1949 - 1940. 

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Pro Football Deaths Per Year

1949 - 33

1948 - 23

1947 - 29

1946 - 16

1945 - 33

1944 - 26

1943 - 17

1942 - 22

1941 - 15

1940 - 7

 

 

 

 

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Pro Football Deaths 1949

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Bailey, Russ 1920 Akron Pros 10/17/1897 09/15/49 51
Braney, Joseph 'Speed' 1925 Providence Steam Roller 6/29/1893 12/01/49 56
Brickley, Charles 'Charlie' 1921 New York Brickley Giants 11/24/1891 12/28/49 58 Coach
Burnham, Stanley 1925 Frankford Yellow Jackets 3/02/1897 07/10/49 52
Busch, Elmer 1922 Oorang Indians 6/01/1889 01/14/49 49
Charles, Winston 'Win' 1928 Dayton Triangles 09/26/03 01/29/49 45
Cook, David Fouts 1934 Chicago Cardinals 01/01/12 12/15/49 37
Corrigan, Philip L. 'Phil' 1926 Boston Bulldogs (AFL I) 4/28/1898 07/11/49 51
Cronkite, Henry O. 1934 Brooklyn Dodgers 03/15/11 12/26/49 38
Dunn, Earl Guy 1920 Detroit Heralds 12/13/1890 09/20/49 58
Eichenlaub, Ray 1925 Columbus Tigers 7/15/1892 11/09/49 57
Falcon, Raymond 'Dick' 1920 Chicago Tigers 4/26/1896 09/15/49 53
Fischer, Edwin Michael 'Eddie' 1925 Buffalo Bisons 1901 03/31/49 48
Henricus, Ralph C. 1922 Rochester Jeffersons 6/02/1896 08/27/49 53
Koehler, Bob 1920 Decatur Staleys 4/07/1894 07/01/49 55
Kramer, Solomon 'Sol' 1936 Rochester Tigers (AFL II) 10/14/09 04/04/49 39
Kyle, Charles Thomas 'Rip' 1925 Canton Bulldogs 6/20/1899 10/31/49 50
Martin, Vern 1942 Pittsburgh Steelers 05/02/20 05/09/49 29
Milton, John W. 1923 Milwaukee Badgers 11/09/1898 05/16/49 50
Moran, Charles B. 'Uncle Charley' 1927 Frankford Yellow Jackets 2/22/1879 06/13/49 70 Coach
Neill, Jim 1937 New York Giants 05/08/13 05/07/49 35
Newman, Olin B. 1925 Akron Pros 04/27/00 06/04/49 49
Redman, Augustus 'Gus' 1921 Muncie Flyers 12/10/1896 07/19/49 52
Schwartz, George Elmer 1931 Portsmouth Spartans 07/29/06 03/21/49 42
Skoglund, Bob 1947 Green Bay Packers 07/29/25 01/01/49 23
Slyker, William V. 'Bill' 1922 Evansville Crimson Giants 2/14/1899 09/01/49 50
Thornburg, Alvin 1926 Cleveland Panthers (AFL I) 10/14/00 04/20/49 48
Tomlin, John Albert 'J.A.' Tommy 1920 Akron Pros 8/17/1894 03/23/49 54
Wasserbach, Lloyd G. 1946 Chicago Rockets 01/30/21 02/01/49 28
Wathen, Chapeze 'Pete' 1922 Evansville Crimson Giants 05/15/03 07/05/49 46
Wiggs, Eugene 'Gene' 1921 Louisville Brecks 7/30/1899 05/17/49 49
Williams, Joe 1923 Canton Bulldogs 3/03/1896 01/18/49 52
Winneshiek, William Pheonis 'Bill' 1922 Oorang Indians 12/24/1892 09/15/49 57

Pro Football Deaths 1948

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Ashmore, Marion 1926 Milwaukee Badgers 7/09/1899 02/26/48 48
Calcagni, Cleo Ralph 1946 Boston Yanks 02/06/22 08/29/48 26
Danziger, Fred 1931 Cleveland Indians 01/12/06 10/18/48 42
Doane, Erling 'Dinger' 1920 Cleveland Tigers 10/14/1893 06/05/48 54
Foster, John Robbins 'Bob' 1922 Racine Legion 10/15/1886 09/03/48 61
Fulton, Kenneth L. 'Ken' 1921 Muncie Flyers 6/04/1899 03/11/48 48
Gillo, Henry C. 'Hank' 1920 Hammond Pros 10/05/1894 09/06/48 53
Goldstein, Erving Max 'Goldy' 1926 Newark Bears (AFL I) 07/17/04 12/28/48 44
Jolley, Alvin J. 1922 Akron Pros 9/25/1899 08/26/48 48
Lyvers (Livers), Harold I. 'Mickey' 1921 Washington Senators 7/11/1899 03/05/48 48
Mauldin, Stan 1946 Chicago Cardinals 12/27/20 09/25/48 27
McGinnis, James Laurence 1923 Milwaukee Badgers 7/16/1899 03/21/48 48
Merillat, Louis Alfred 'L.A.' 1925 Canton Bulldogs 6/09/1892 04/26/48 55
Quam, Irwin Milton 1926 Duluth Eskimos 12/15/00 06/19/48 47
Rupp, Nelson 1921 Dayton Triangles 6/15/1891 08/09/48 57
Smith, Eugene Russell 'Russ' 1921 Chicago Staleys 11/11/1895 06/13/48 52
Spagna, Joseph 'Butch' 1920 Cleveland Tigers 5/15/1897 12/11/48 51
Spain, Raymond Richard 1921 Evansville Crimson Giants 5/20/1893 10/03/48 55
Specht, Almon Goodwin 1920 Hammond Pros 4/08/1891 03/22/48 56
Stephens, Leslie Ray 1927 New York Yankees 06/04/03 02/09/48 44
Sutherland, John 'Jock' 1940 Brooklyn Dodgers 3/21/1889 04/11/48 59 Coach
Tallant, David 1921 Hammond Pros 8/24/1896 12/13/48 52
Williams, Pryor Allen 1921 Detroit Tigers 12/26/1893 01/01/48 54

Pro Football Deaths 1947

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Becker, John 1926 Dayton Triangles 02/10/03 09/14/47 44
Bidwill Sr., Charles W. 1933 Chicago Cardinals Owner 9/16/1895 04/19/47 52 HOF
Bloodgood, Elbert 'Al' 1925 Kansas City Cowboys 09/05/01 03/26/47 45
Brickley, George V. 1920 Cleveland Tigers 7/19/1894 02/23/47 52
Broadhurst, Max R. 1920 Dayton Triangles 9/06/1886 07/09/47 60
Burkett, Jefferson D. 'Jeff' 1947 Chicago Cardinals 07/15/21 10/24/47 26
Charpier, Leonard L. 'Len' 1920 Chicago Cardinals 2/17/1897 10/03/47 50
Fleming, Francis 'Red' 1936 Boston Shamrocks (AFL II) 05/01/11 07/05/47 36
Foltz, Vernon J. 'Barney' 1944 Washington Redskins 08/27/18 12/31/47 29
Fortune, William P. 'Bill' 1920 Chicago Cardinals 10/14/1897 03/12/47 49
Franklin, Norman 'Red' 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers 12/13/11 05/16/47 35
Griffen, Harold 'Hal' 1928 Green Bay Packers 03/01/02 12/31/47 45
Henry, Wilbur 1930 Staten Island Stapletons 12/04/1897 11/09/47 49
Hewitt, Bill 1932 Chicago Bears 10/08/09 01/14/47 37 HOF
Irgens, Einar 'Bill' 1921 Minneapolis Marines 6/23/1883 10/28/47 64
Johnson, Leon Julius 'Jerry' 1921 Rock Island Independents 3/22/1894 10/24/47 53
Kinderdine, Harry 'Shine' 1924 Dayton Triangles 3/18/1893 02/17/47 53
Kittredge, Paul John 1929 Boston Bulldogs 10/09/03 03/02/47 43
Lehrer, John Christian 'Chris' 1922 Rochester Jeffersons 3/29/1895 11/26/47 52
McLaughlin, Thomas Flynn 1921 Tonawanda Kardex 3/29/1891 02/10/47 55
O'Donnell, Dick 1923 Duluth Kelleys 07/31/00 01/19/47 46
Padan, Robert S. 'Bob' 1922 Louisville Brecks 8/27/1893 06/10/47 53
Rebsamen, Paul 1927 Pottsville Maroons 01/29/05 03/13/47 42
Roy, Elmer 'Spin' 1921 Rochester Jeffersons 10/23/1896 04/28/47 50
St. Germaine, Thomas 'Ted' 1922 Oorang Indians 2/02/1885 10/04/47 62
Treat, Charles Herbert 'Herb' 1926 Boston Bulldogs (AFL I) 12/16/00 04/19/47 46
Wolter, Herbert 'Whitey' 1924 Kenosha Maroons 8/21/1899 08/21/47 48
Woodruff, Lee 1931 Providence Steam Roller 04/14/10 02/22/47 36
Yerges, Howard F. 1920 Columbus Panhandles 1/28/1896 06/30/47 51

Pro Football Deaths 1946

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Brumm, Fred 1921 Tonawanda Kardex 11/09/1887 07/23/46 58
Christensen, Koester 1930 Portsmouth Spartans 04/28/05 05/16/46 41
Clark, Louis Will 'Foose' 1920 Dayton Triangles 2/08/1892 05/10/46 54
Cody, Ralph 1937 Rochester Tigers (AFL II) 1914 12/03/46 32
Connell, Ward T. 'Doc' 1926 Chicago Cardinals 07/14/01 02/07/46 44
Davis, Pahl G. 1922 Green Bay Packers 3/26/1897 04/13/46 49
Dremstadt (Drumstead), Walter 1925 Hammond Pros 9/04/1898 05/18/46 47
Haley, Art 1920 Canton Bulldogs 10/17/1895 02/14/46 50
Hanny, Frank 'Duke' 1923 Chicago Bears 12/10/1897 09/03/46 48
Henry, Thomas J. 'Tom' 1920 Rock Island Independents 04/21/1895 11/28/46 51
Howell, John 1938 Green Bay Packers 12/04/15 06/28/46 30
Hudson, John R. 1921 Washington Senators 12/07/1898 10/01/46 47
Jackson, Donald F. 'Don' 1936 Philadelphia Eagles 11/14/13 08/25/46 32
Ledbetter, Homer 'Doc' 1932 Staten Island Stapletons 01/25/10 10/22/46 36
Sader, Stephen 1943 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers 06/06/16 05/06/46 29
Thom, Leonard Jay 'Lenny' 1941 Columbus Bullies (AFL III) 09/08/17 10/05/46 29

Pro Football Deaths 1945

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Argus, Robert A. 1920 Rochester Jeffersons 1/21/1895 12/08/45 50
Behan, Charlie 1942 Detroit Lions 08/04/20 05/18/45 24
Bendix, Vincent 1932 Boston Braves Owner 12/12/1881 03/27/45 63
Blozis, Alfred C. 'Al' 1942 New York Giants 01/05/19 01/31/45 26
Braidwood, Charles 'Chuck' 1930 Portsmouth Spartans 10/15/03 01/08/45 41
Bucklin, Theodore 'Ted' 1927 Chicago Cardinals 05/19/03 10/19/45 42
Burdick, Lloyd 1931 Chicago Bears 08/08/09 08/09/45 36
Bussey, Ruey 'Young' 1941 Chicago Bears 10/04/17 01/07/45 27
Chevigny, Jack 1932 Chicago Cardinals 08/14/06 02/19/45 38 Coach
Conover, Larner 'Larry' 1921 Canton Bulldogs 5/21/1894 08/04/45 51
Franklyn (Frankunas), John Joseph 1936 Rochester Braves (AFL II) 1910 09/10/45 35
Gaustad, Arthur M. 1921 Minneapolis Marines 6/06/1889 03/23/45 55
German, Jimmy 1939 Washington Redskins 11/06/17 08/28/45 27
Gorrill, Charles 'Flop' 1926 Columbus Tigers 01/26/03 12/18/45 42
Grube, Frank 1928 New York Yankees 01/07/05 07/02/45 40
Hayes, Norbert 1922 Green Bay Packers 11/21/1896 07/13/45 48
Johnson, Smiley 1940 Green Bay Packers 09/22/16 02/26/45 28
Kahn, Edwin 'Eddie' 1935 Boston Redskins 11/09/11 02/17/45 33
Kiley (Kieley), Howard 1923 Duluth Kelleys 8/05/1896 12/10/45 49
Lass, Richard H. 'Dick' 1941 Milwaukee Chiefs (AFL III) 10/01/19 01/24/45 25
Lollar, John H. 'Slick' 1928 Green Bay Packers 10/04/05 05/07/45 39
Lummus, Jack 1941 New York Giants 10/22/15 03/08/45 29
Magnusson, Glen 1925 Hammond Pros 7/30/1899 01/07/45 45
Misner, William L. 'Bill' 1921 Tonawanda Kardex 3/19/1890 01/03/45 54
Pearson, Madison 'Bert' 1929 Chicago Bears 03/22/05 05/01/45 40
Roberts, James 'Red' 1922 Toledo Maroons 08/23/00 06/27/45 44
Robinson, Edward 'Ed' 1931 Providence Steam Roller 10/15/1873 03/10/45 72 Coach
Rohrabaugh, Ernest 'Red' 1926 Rock Island Independents (AFL I) 12/12/01 12/10/45 43
Seasholtz, G. Donald 'Dutch' 1922 Milwaukee Badgers 11/14/00 04/11/45 44
Snell, Daniel W. 'Dan' 1940 Buffalo Indians (AFL III) 07/19/13 03/11/45 31
Winters, Lingel 'Sonny' 1923 Columbus Tigers 06/02/00 10/05/45 45
Yatchak, Vincent 'Sleepy' 1940 Milwaukee Chiefs (AFL III) 01/18/13 05/30/45 32
Young, Waddy 1939 Brooklyn Dodgers 09/14/16 01/09/45 28

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Pro Football Deaths 1944

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Basca, Michael M. 'Nick' 1941 Philadelphia Eagles 12/04/17 11/11/44 26
Cassidy, Walter Charles 'Walt' 1925 Kenosha Maroons 01/03/01 12/27/44 43
Copley, Charlie 1920 Akron Pros 1/30/1890 05/29/44 54
Cory, Tom 1940 Boston Bears (AFL III) 03/21/17 02/06/44 26
Crangle, Walter 'Jack' 1923 Chicago Cardinals 6/08/1899 08/31/44 45
Donnell, John 'Jerry' 1937 Los Angeles Bulldogs (AFL II) 12/30/12 01/28/44 31
Edwards, William Howard 'Cap' 1920 Canton Bulldogs 9/05/1888 11/23/44 56
Hagerty, John Francis 'Moose 1920 Cleveland Tigers 9/03/1892 06/19/44 51
Hay, Ralph E. 1918 Canton Bulldogs (Owner) 1/12/1891 07/29/44 53
Hicks, Edward 'Mox' 1920 Hammond Pros 11/06/1892 11/12/44 52
Hinton, J.W. 'Grassy' 1932 Staten Island Stapletons 06/30/07 12/10/44 37
Hurley, John 1931 Cleveland Indians 10/28/07 01/02/44 36
Ketzko, Alex 1943 Detroit Lions 11/19/19 12/23/44 25
Mellody, Walter 'Dutch' 1920 Rochester Jeffersons 2/17/1893 05/27/44 51
Mooney, Jim 1930 Newark Tornadoes 09/16/07 08/12/44 36
Myers, Thomas J. 'Tommy' 1925 New York Giants 02/09/01 07/01/44 43
Reichel, Lou 1926 Columbus Tigers 10/17/00 04/24/44 43
Scanlon, Dewey 1926 Duluth Eskimos 8/16/1899 09/24/44 45
Shipla, Sterling V. 1940 Boston Bears (AFL III) 05/25/19 09/09/44 25
Smith, Leonard 1923 Racine Legion 12/14/1896 04/13/44 47
Sonnenberg, Gus 1923 Columbus Tigers 3/06/1898 09/12/44 46
Tornquist, Gene 1941 Cincinnati Bengals (AFL III) 03/12/17 06/15/44 27
Vaessen, Matt 1940 Milwaukee Chiefs (AFL III) 08/17/12 06/12/44 31
Vassau, Roy 1923 Milwaukee Badgers 12/12/1893 07/23/44 50
Wetterlund, Chet 1942 Detroit Lions 03/19/18 09/05/44 26
Winston, Charles 1920 Dayton Triangles 7/20/1891 11/11/44 53

Pro Football Deaths 1943

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Benson, Harry 1935 Philadelphia Eagles 10/07/09 05/14/43 33
Birlem, Keith 1939 Chicago Cardinals 05/04/15 05/07/43 28
Gavin, Patrick James 'Buck' 1920 Buffalo All-Americans 6/08/1891 10/14/43 52
Gilbert (Boyle), Homer 'Knuckles'  1934 New York Giants 08/17/09 01/26/43 33
Kizzire, Lee 1937 Detroit Lions 12/21/15 11/27/43 27
LaFleur, Joe 1922 Chicago Bears 3/29/1898 05/11/43 45
MacCollum, Maxwell 'Max' 1922 Louisville Brecks 2/22/1899 09/25/43 44
Maurer, Adrian 1926 Newark Bears (AFL I) 04/07/00 05/06/43 43
McNamara, Edmund R. 'Tom' 1923 Toledo Maroons 12/14/1896 11/09/43 47
Nairn (Nairan), Ralph F. 1926 Buffalo Rangers 12/11/01 06/13/43 41
Nash, Thomas V. 1940 Boston Bears (AFL III) 12/11/15 07/28/43 27
Newland, Howard 1921 Louisville Brecks 3/04/1892 06/27/43 51
Ray, Art 1926 Boston Bulldogs (AFL I) 07/26/02 07/08/43 40
Ribble, Lorenzo 'Loran' 1932 Portsmouth Spartans 03/28/07 11/03/43 36
Simington, Milton  1941 Cleveland Rams 08/26/18 01/17/43 24
Supulski, Len 1942 Philadelphia Eagles 12/15/20 08/31/43 22
Wemple, Donald L. 'Don' 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers 10/14/16 06/23/43 26

Pro Football Deaths 1942

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Berquist, Joy T. 1924 Kansas City Blues 07/30/01 05/18/42 40
Bigbee, Lyle 1922 Milwaukee Badgers 8/22/1893 08/05/42 48
Cagle, Chris 1930 New York Giants 05/01/04 12/23/42 38
Conrad, Martin 'Marty' 1922 Toledo Maroons 11/30/1895 07/01/42 46
DeWeese, William Everett 1927 Dayton Triangles 09/07/04 07/18/42 37
Doherty, John L. 'Mel' 1921 Cincinnati Celts 4/21/1896 07/17/42 46
Doyle, Edward 'Eddie' 1924 Frankford Yellow Jackets 8/17/1898 11/08/42 44
Fitzgerald, Freeman 'F.C.' 1920 Rock Island Independents 8/21/1891 05/06/42 50
Hill, Bob 1922 Oorang Indians 4/02/1892 12/28/42 50
Lenc, George 1939 Brooklyn Dodgers 03/17/17 11/16/42 25
Mackert, Charles Leroy 'Roy' 1925 Rochester Jeffersons 2/02/1894 02/12/42 48
McCaw, Bill 1923 Racine Legion 2/06/1898 04/19/42 44
McNelis, Bill 1927 Duluth Eskimos 04/14/02 12/11/42 40
Morris, Herman 1941 Cincinnati Bengals (AFL III) 03/27/16 08/24/42 26
O'Connell, John Grattan 'Grat' 1926 Hartford Blues 10/27/02 03/14/42 39
Ratica, Joe 1939 Brooklyn Dodgers 08/04/14 10/21/42 28
Risley, Elliott 1921 Hammond Pros 1/24/1896 08/23/42 46
Sachs, Lenny 1920 Chicago Cardinals 8/07/1897 10/27/42 45
Secrist, Walter D. 'Wally' 1920 Hammond Pros 8/17/1899 12/04/42 43
Skinner, Lewis Brittan 'Lew' 1920 Hammond Pros 5/29/1898 09/20/42 44
Werder, Gerard 'Red' 1920 Buffalo All-Americans 8/01/1894 04/11/42 47
Young, Alva 'Doc' 1925 Hammond Pros 12/18/1881 08/09/42 60 Coach

Pro Football Deaths 1941

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Abrams, Nathan 1921 Green Bay Packers 12/25/1898 04/30/41 42
Bleecker, Malcolm 1930 Brooklyn Dodgers 10/06/06 04/11/41 34
Brucklacher, Henry Austin 1921 Louisville Brecks 4/12/1898 01/07/41 42
Flannigan, Walter J. 1926 Louisville Colonels 03/23/01 04/30/41 40
Harvey, Norman Chester 1925 Buffalo Bisons 5/19/1899 12/24/41 42
Jawish, Henry K. 1926 Pottsville Maroons 02/15/00 03/14/41 41
Kendrick, Marcellus James 'Jim' 1922 Canton Bulldogs 8/22/1893 11/17/41 48
Kolls, Louis C. 'Lou' 1920 Chicago Cardinals 12/15/1892 02/23/41 48
McGall, Albert 'Al' 1930 Newark Tornadoes 7/14/1884 09/10/41 57 Coach
McRoberts, Wade 1925 Canton Bulldogs 01/07/01 11/18/41 40
Nesser, Theodore 1920 Columbus Panhandles 4/05/1883 06/07/41 58
Pitts, Edwin 'Alabama' 1935 Philadelphia Eagles 11/22/09 06/07/41 31
Schupp, Walt 1921 Cincinnati Celts 9/30/1895 08/10/41 45
Smith, Ben 1933 Green Bay Packers 06/16/11 02/23/41 29
Yarr, Tommy 1933 Chicago Cardinals 12/04/08 12/24/41 33

Pro Football Deaths 1940

Name Team Debut Birth Date Death Date Age
Baker, Charles 'Charlie' 1936 Brooklyn Tigers (AFL II) 10/22/13 10/19/40 26
Bolan, George 1921 Chicago Staleys 4/30/1897 01/17/40 42
Dahlgren, George 1924 Kenosha Maroons 4/17/1887 01/16/40 52
McCrillis, Edgar 'Ed' 1926 Providence Steam Roller 09/07/04 09/01/40 35
Murphy, Joseph 'Cuddy' 1920 Canton Bulldogs 5/15/1897 05/22/40 43
Pliska, Joe 1920 Hammond Pros 10/17/1890 08/25/40 49
Tolley, Edgar A. 1929 Dayton Triangles 1901 11/29/40 39

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