Elbert Bloodgood

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Al Bloodgood
No. 23 Kansas City, 1 Cleveland
Position: Fullback/Halfback/Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1901-09-05)September 5, 1901
Place of birth: Beatrice, Nebraska
Date of death: March 26, 1947(1947-03-26) (aged 45)[1]
Place of death: Beatrice, Nebraska
Career information
College: Depauw University
University of Nebraska
Career history

Playing career

Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Championship (1930)
  • Tied NFL record of most dropkicked field goals in a single game (4)
Career NFL statistics
All-purpose Yards: 893
Scoring Points: 105
TDs: 6
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Elbert "Al" Lorraine Bloodgood (September 5, 1901 – March 26, 1947) was a professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He played at the University of Nebraska. He graduated from Nebraska in 1924. He played five seasons in the NFL including the 1930 Green Bay Packers title team.

Early life[edit]

Elbert Bloodgood was born in Beatrice, Nebraska and attended Beatrice High School where became a Nebraska high school track state champion for the 100-yard dash in 1920, and the 440-yard dash and 880-yard relay in 1921.[2] He graduated from high school in 1921.[3]

College football career[edit]

Bloodgood attended DePauw University and then at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned varsity letters as a quarterback in 1923 and 1924. At Nebraska, he played during the tenure of head football coach Fred Dawson and alongside Ed Weir and Verne Lewellen.

Bloodgood was a Cornhusker on the 1923 team that defeated Notre Dame University and head coach Knute Rockne's "Four Horsemen" for the second straight year. He was starting quarterback in the following year's 1924 game where the Cornhuskers lost 34-6 to the Fighting Irish.[4]

Professional football career[edit]

Bloodgood played 34 games during five seasons in the NFL between 1925 and 1930.[5] He did not play in 1929.

Bloodgood made his professional debut in the NFL playing two years with the Kansas City Cowboys in 1925-1926. He was listed as a back with jersey number 23.[6] On December 12, 1926 against the Duluth Eskimos he tied an NFL record (with Paddy Driscoll) of 4 drop-kicked field goals in a single game.[7]

When the Kansas City Cowboys franchise folded at the end of 1926, he followed his player-coach LeRoy Andrews as the team essentially relocated as the Cleveland Bulldogs for its 1927 and final season. He is listed as a tailback and wore jersey number 1.[8][9][10] It was with the Bulldogs that where Bloodgood has his best year when he ran back a fumble for a touchdown, and was tied for sixth in league touchdowns and fifth in field goals.[11]

In 1928 Bloodgood played for the New York Giants and was listed as blocking back.[12]

After not playing during 1929, Bloodgood to the NFL and played pre-season football with the Green Bay Packers,[13] playing once again with former Cornhusker teammate Verne Lewellen. At age 29 and in his final season, he played three games on the 1930 Green Bay Packers championship team, where he is listed as a back and special teams starter[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al Bloodgood, BUS Athletic Great, Dies", Beatrice Daily Sun, Wednesday, March 26, 1947, Beatrice, Nebraska, United States Of America
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "NEGenWeb: Gage Co. Beatrice HS 1921". Usgennet.org. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "NFL Players Born in". Databasefootball.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Ongoing Research Project: Kansas City Blues/Kansas City Cowboys". Rci.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Release » The last dropkick". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  8. ^ "1927 Cleveland Bulldogs Stats". Jt-sw.com. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Ongoing Research Project: Cleveland Indians/Cleveland Bulldogs". Rci.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  10. ^ "NFL History - Team Rosters - 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs". Football.about.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  11. ^ "NFL 1927 League stats, awards and more on". Databasefootball.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  12. ^ "NFL History - Team Rosters - 1928 New York Giants". Football.about.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  13. ^ "The 1930 Green Bay Packers (10-3-1) - World Champions". The-kramerfamily.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  14. ^ "1930 Green Bay Packers Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.