Clint Wager

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Clint Wager
Date of birth January 20, 1920
Place of birth Winona, Minnesota
Date of death February 29, 1996(1996-02-29) (aged 76)
Place of death Excelsior, Minnesota
Career information
Position(s) End
College St. Mary's University
Career history
As player
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Chicago Cardinals
Clint Wager
Personal information
Born (1920-01-20)January 20, 1920
Winona, Minnesota
Died February 29, 1996(1996-02-29) (aged 76)
Winona, Minnesota
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Winona (Winona, Minnesota)
College St. Mary's (Minnesota)
Pro career 1943–1951
Position Center / Forward
Career history
1943–1948 Oshkosh All-Stars
1948–1948 Hammond Calumet Buccaneers
1949–1950 Fort Wayne Pistons
1950–1951 Louisville Alumnites
Career highlights and awards
  • All-NBL First Team (1944)
Career NBA statistics
Points 143
Games 63
Assists 90

Clinton Belmar Wager was a professional football and basketball player. He played in the National Football League from 1942-1945 for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals and the Cardinals-Pittsburgh Steelers merged team, "Card-Pitt". However he also played in the National Basketball Association in 1949-50 for the Fort Wayne Pistons (now called the Detroit Pistons). He also played in the National Basketball League for the Oshkosh All-Stars and Hammond Calumet Buccaneers, while finishing his career with the Louisville Alumnites of the National Professional Basketball League.

College career[edit]

Prior to his professional career, Wager played basketball for Saint Mary's University. During his college career, he was an all-conference center and an individual scoring champion twice, in 1939 and 1940. He also participated in the 1941 National Invitational Tournament. He was also selected in his senior year as captain of the school's basketball team. He also played football for the school. He was elected in the schools sports hall of fame in 1977.

Punting accident[edit]

In 1944, while practicing punting, Wager managed to kick himself in the head resulting in a fractured skull. The incident knocked him out of competition with Card-Pitt for over a month.