Jimmy Conzelman

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Jimmy Conzelman
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No. 1
Position: Back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1898-03-06)March 6, 1898
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of death: July 31, 1970(1970-07-31) (aged 72)
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri
Career information
High school: St. Louis (MO) McKinley
College: Washington–St. Louis
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Coaching record: 87–63–18
Rushing touchdowns: 16
Games played: 104
Player stats at NFL.com

James Gleason Conzelman (March 6, 1898 – July 31, 1970) was an American football player and coach. He played for ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with five different teams between 1920 and 1929. He was a player-coach for the 1928 NFL champion Providence Steam Roller and was the head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, leading the team to its last NFL Championship in 1947. Conzelman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964. He died on August 5, 1970 of lung cancer.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Jimmy Conzelman was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended McKinley High School. He began playing football at McKinley and continued playing at Washington University in St. Louis. He never graduated from Washington, and instead signed with the Decatur Staleys (today the Chicago Bears) of the newly formed American Professional Football Association in 1920.[1] Under head coach and founder George Halas, the Staleys finished the 1920 season with a 10–1–2 win-loss record.

Coaching career[edit]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washington University Bears (Missouri Valley Conference) (1932–1939)
1932 Washington University 4–4 1–2 4th
1933 Washington University 4–5 1–2 4th
1934 Washington University 7–3 1–0 1st
1935 Washington University 6–4 3–0 T–1st
1936 Washington University 3–7 1–1 4th
1937 Washington University 4–6 2–2 T–3rd
1938 Washington University 6–3–1 2–1–1 4th
1939 Washington University 6–3–1 4–1 1st
Washington University: 40–35–2 15–9–1
Total: 40–35–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "Jimmy Conzelman Dies". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 31, 1970. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 

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