Joey Sternaman

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Joey Sternaman
Date of birth (1900-02-01)February 1, 1900
Place of birth Springfield, Illinois
Date of death March 10, 1988(1988-03-10) (aged 88)
Place of death Oak Park, Illinois
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback, Halfback
College Illinois
Career history
As coach
1923 Duluth Kelleys
1926 Chicago Bulls
As player
1922 Chicago Bears
1923 Duluth Kelleys
1924–1925 Chicago Bears
1926 Chicago Bulls
1927–1930 Chicago Bears
Career stats

Joseph Theodore Sternaman (February 1, 1900 – March 10, 1988) was a professional American football player, born in Springfield, Illinois, who played quarterback for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears and Duluth Kelleys. At 5'6" and 135 pounds he was called "the strongest little man I ever met" by sportswriter Grantland Rice.[1] He played quarterback during the years Red Grange starred with the Bears. In 1926, he was the quarterback, head coach, and owner of the Chicago Bulls of the first American Football League. In 1923, after retirement from playing he coached the Deluth Eskimos. Joey was also the brother of Chicago Bears co-owner Dutch Sternaman.[2]


  1. ^ The Glory Days, by Zach Shields, Decatur Magazine, August/September 2014, pgs. 59-60
  2. ^ David S. Neft, Richard M. Cohen, and Rick Korch, The Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of Professional Football, From 1892 to the Present (St. Martin’s Press 1994), ISBN 0-312-11435-4