Frank McCormick (American football)

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Frank McCormick
Position: Halfback
Personal information
Born: (1894-11-05)November 5, 1894
Genoa, Nebraska
Died: March 24, 1976(1976-03-24) (aged 81)
Orange County, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Wagner (SD)
College: South Dakota
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 1920 NFL Champions
Career NFL statistics
Rushing touchdowns: 5
Receiving touchdowns: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Frank G. McCormick (November 5, 1894 – March 24, 1976) was the first South Dakotan to play professional football. He played from 1920 until 1921, with the Akron Pros and the Cincinnati Celts of the American Professional Football Association (the league changed the name to the National Football League in 1922).[1] Originally a guard, Frank was made a wingback by the Pros.[2] He won an AFPA championship with Akron in 1920.[citation needed]

Before playing professional football, McCormick played college football at the University of South Dakota. He played with the Coyotes from 1912 until 1916. In 1973, Frank was inducted into the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame.[3] He was also 1 of 995 NFL personnel who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II.[4]


  1. ^ "South Dakota Has Significant Presence in the Pros". University of South Dakota. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Carroll, Bob (1982). "Akron Pros 1920" (PDF). The Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 4 (12). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 2, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
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  4. ^ "Football and America: WWII Honor Roll". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 

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