Elmer Hackney

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Elmer Hackney
No. 20
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1916-07-08)July 8, 1916
Place of birth: Oberlin, Kansas
Date of death: May 30, 1969(1969-05-30) (aged 52)
Place of death: Manhattan, Kansas
Career information
College: Kansas State
NFL Draft: 1940 / Round: 11 / Pick: 92
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Big Six (1937, 1938)
  • Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (2003)[1]
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards: 220-846
Receptions-yards: 19-135
Touchdowns: 12
Player stats at NFL.com

Elmer Loyd Hackney[2] (July 8, 1916 – May 30, 1969)[1] was a professional American football running back in the National Football League. Hackney was an 11th-round selection (92nd overall pick) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1940 NFL Draft out of Kansas State University.[3] Hackney played seven seasons for the Eagles (1940),[4] the Pittsburgh Steelers (1941),[5] and the Detroit Lions (1942–1946).[6] He was known as the "One Man Gang," "Stinkfist," and "Iron Man".[7]

In college, Hackney was an All-Conference back and was also twice the collegiate national champion at shot put (1938 and 1939). He set an American record of 55 feet, 11 inches, and qualified for the 1940 U.S. Olympic Team, but the Games were cancelled because of World War II.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Hackney, Elmer". Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Elmer Hackney". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ "1940 NFL Draft". nfl.com. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles All-Time Roster" (PDF). philadelphiaeagles.com. Retrieved 2009-03-25. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Steelers All-Time Jersey Numbers" (PDF). steelers.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  6. ^ "DETROIT LIONS ALL-TIME PLAYER ROSTER" (PDF). detroitlions.com. Retrieved 2009-03-25. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Iron Man: It's Elmer Hackney's Nickname, But It Isn't True". Pittsburgh Press. August 18, 1941. p. 19. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 

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