1926 NFL season
|Duration||September 19 – December 19, 1926|
|Champions||Frankford Yellow Jackets|
The 1926 NFL season was the seventh regular season of the National Football League. The league grew to 22 teams, a figure that would not be equaled in professional football until 1961, adding the Brooklyn Lions, the Hartford Blues, the Los Angeles Buccaneers, and the Louisville Colonels, with Racine Tornadoes re-entering. Cleveland Bulldogs sat out the season, the Rock Island Independents defected to the upstart American Football League, and the Rochester Jeffersons suspended operations for the final time (eventually folding in early 1928). The Akron Pros re-branded as the Akron Indians, the Duluth Kelleys as the Duluth Eskimos and the Buffalo Bison as the Buffalo Rangers (the team also used the names "Texas Rangers" and "Buffalo Cowboys")..
The Buccaneers, Eskimos, Colonels and Buffalo Rangers were "showcase teams," the first efforts for the league to reach beyond the northeast and midwest. The Buccaneers, a response to the AFL's Los Angeles Wildcats, represented the state of California; the Eskimos the far northern plains, while the Colonels represented the Southern United States and the Rangers represented the state of Texas and other areas of the Southwestern United States.[clarification needed] The four teams (except the Rangers) all played primarily as traveling teams. Three of the four teams only lasted one season; the Buccaneers and Colonels both folded while the Rangers reverted to their previous status as the Bison, and only the Eskimos returned for 1927.
In mid-November, Brooklyn merged with the AFL's Brooklyn Horsemen and stayed in the NFL, playing one more game as the Lions before changing its name to the Brooklyn Horsemen for the last three games (all shutout losses).
The Frankford Yellow Jackets were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record.
|Frankford Yellow Jackets||14||1||2||.933||236||49||W6|
|Kansas City Cowboys||8||3||0||.727||76||53||W7|
|Green Bay Packers||7||3||3||.700||151||61||T1|
|New York Giants||8||4||1||.667||151||61||W3|
|Los Angeles Buccaneers||6||3||1||.667||67||57||L1|
|Providence Steam Roller||5||7||1||.417||89||103||L1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- Akron Indians: Al Nesser (2 games) and Frank Nied (6 games)
- Brooklyn Lions: Punk Berryman
- Buffalo Rangers: Jim Kendrick
- Canton Bulldogs: Pete Henry and Harry Robb (10 games)
- Chicago Bears: George Halas
- Chicago Cardinals: Norman Barry
- Columbus Tigers: Jack Heldt
- Dayton Triangles: Carl Storck
- Detroit Panthers: Jimmy Conzelman
- Duluth Eskimos: Dewey Scanlon
- Frankford Yellow Jackets: Guy Chamberlin
- Green Bay Packers: Curly Lambeau
- Hammond Pros: Doc Young
- Hartford Blues: Jack Keogh
- Kansas City Cowboys: Roy Andrews
- Los Angeles Buccaneers: Tut Imlay and Brick Muller
- Louisville Colonels: Lenny Sachs
- Milwaukee Badgers: Johnny Bryan
- New York Giants: Doc Alexander
- Pottsville Maroons: Dick Rauch
- Providence Steam Roller: Jim Laird
- Racine Tornadoes: Shorty Barr (3 games) and Wally McIlwain (2 games)
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