Harry Clarke (American football)

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Harry Clarke
Date of birth (1916-12-01)December 1, 1916
Place of birth Cumberland, Maryland, US
Date of death December 30, 2005(2005-12-30) (aged 89)
Career information
Position(s) RB
College West Virginia
NFL draft 1940 / Round: 13 / Pick: 117
Career history
As player
1940–1943 Chicago Bears (NFL)
1946–1948 Los Angeles Dons (AAFC)
1948 Chicago Rockets (AAFC)
Career highlights and awards
  • 1943 First-Team All-Pro[1]
Pro Bowls 1940, 1941
Career stats

Harry Charles Clarke[1] (December 1, 1916 — December 30, 2005)[2] was a professional American football halfback for four seasons for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League.[3] He later played three seasons in the All-America Football Conference.[4] He played college football for West Virginia Mountaineers.[5]

College career[edit]

Harry Clarke set many records while playing for West Virginia University. He still holds some to this day. While at WVU Clarke rushed for 921 yards, which was a team record at the time, in the 1938 season. He was inducted into the university's hall of fame in 1977.

Professional career[edit]

During his rookie season with the Chicago Bears, Clarke scored two touchdowns in the 1940 NFL Championship game to help defeat the Washington Redskins 73 to 0 . After his fourth season with the Bears, Clarke was drafted into the Navy in 1943. After his time in the Navy, Clarke played in the All-American Football Conference from 1946-1948 for Los Angeles Dons then returned to Chicago to play for the Rockets. According to some statistics Clarke played for both the Dons and the Rockets in the 1948 season: 5 games for each team.


  1. ^ a b "Harry Clarke". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Harry Clarke; Football Player, 89". The New York Times. 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Chicago Bears All-Time Roster". chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Harry Clarke". nfl.com. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Harry Clarke". databasefootball.com. Retrieved 2008-06-17.