ERNIE NEVERS

ERNIE NEVERS

Class of 1963
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(Stanford)
1926-1927 Duluth Eskimos, 1929-1931 Chicago Cardinals

Ernest Alonzo Nevers ... Stanford All-American, 1925 Rose Bowl hero ... Lured from pro baseball career by Eskimos ... Truly a do-everything iron man, playing 1714 of 1740 minutes in 29-game 1926 season ... Missed 1928 with injuries, returned with Cardinals, 1929 ... Scored record 40 points in one game against Bears, 1929 ... All-league all five NFL seasons ... Player-coach one year in Duluth, two in Chicago ... Born June 11, 1903, in Willow River, Minnesota ... Died May 3, 1976, at age of 72.

Of all the records in the history of the National Football League, the one that has survived the longest was set on November 28, 1929, when Chicago Cardinals fullback Ernie Nevers, scored every one of his team’s points (six touchdowns and four extra point conversions) in a 40-6 rout of the Chicago Bears.

The next week, the former Stanford University star again scored all his team’s points for a two-game total of 59 solo points. At Stanford, Nevers had gained gridiron fame when he courageously led the Indians against Notre Dame in the 1925 Rose Bowl game. Playing on what amounted to two very sore ankles, both of which were broken earlier in the season, Nevers rushed for 114 yards as Stanford lost to the superior Irish, 27-10.

Stanford coach, Pop Warner once called him “the football player without a fault” and compared him favorably to another player he coached, the legendary Jim Thorpe. Like Thorpe, when it came to football, Nevers could do everything exceptionally well, run, pass, kick, call signals, and play rock hard defense.

After he finished his Stanford career, Nevers signed pro basketball and baseball contracts and, in fact was destined to throw two homerun pitches to Babe Ruth in his historic 60-home run season in 1927. But pro football also beckoned. In 1926, Nevers turned pro with the NFL’s Duluth Eskimos.

The Eskimos were a traveling team. That season the team crossed the country playing 29 games, 28 of them on the road, against league and non-league opponents. Nevers reportedly played all but 29 of a possible 1,740 minutes.

Injuries forced Ernie to sit out the entire 1928 season, but he returned as the do-everything man for the Cardinals in 1929. In both 1930 and 1931, he was also the playing coach of the Cardinals. Nevers earned All-NFL honors each of his five pro seasons.

Year Team
Games
1926 Duluth
14
1927 Duluth
9
1929 Chicago Cardinals
11
1930 Chicago Cardinals
11
1931 Chicago Cardinals
9
Career Total
54
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 24 TD; Rushing: 38 TD
Formal statistics are incomplete prior to 1932.

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