Big Bear (American football)

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Big Bear
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Position: Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1889-12-25)December 25, 1889
Place of birth: Winnebago, Nebraska
Date of death: December 21, 1959(1959-12-21) (aged 69)
Place of death: Winnebago, Nebraska
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Carlisle Indian
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Samuel Big Bear (December 25, 1889 - December 21, 1959), mainly referred to as simply Big Bear in the record books, was a Native American professional football player during the early years of the National Football League. During his two-year career, Big Bear played in 6 games with the Oorang Indians. He played in 1 game for the 1922 season and in 5 games for the 1923 season. He ended his professional career after the Indians disbanded in 1923. According to NFL records, Big Bear did not attend college or play college football. However the Pro Football Researchers Association states that he attended the Carlisle Indian School located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.[1]



  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2013-03-17.