Duke Slater

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Duke Slater

10 Seasons
90 Games
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Chicago Cardinals

Chicago Cardinals


1926-1931
Milwaukee Badgers (NFL)

Milwaukee Badgers (NFL)


1922
Rock Island Independents (NFL)

Rock Island Independents (NFL)


1922-1925

10

Seasons

90

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“Duke Slater was the best tackle I ever played against. I tried to block him throughout my college career. Never once did I impede his progress to the ball carrier.” (Fritz Crisler on Duke Slater)

Read Duke Slater's Bio

(Iowa)...6'1'', 215...An All-American tackle at Iowa and one of the school’s most heralded athletes … African-American pioneer in early years of the National Football League … Starred as two-way lineman for 10 seasons … Longest-tenured African-American player during era … Named All-NFL four times (1923, 1925, 1926, 1929) … Also named Second Team All-NFL by various outlets in seven of his 10 pro seasons (1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, and 1930) … Recognized as All-Decade players in 1920s in the book “The Pro Football Chronicle” … Elected to College Football Hall of Fame, 1951 … Born Dec. 9, 1898 in Normal, Illinois … Died Aug. 14, 1966 at age of 67.

BIO

Duke Slater Chicago Cardinals & Milwaukee Badgers (NFL) & Rock Island Independents (NFL)

“Duke Slater was the best tackle I ever played against. I tried to block him throughout my college career. Never once did I impede his progress to the ball carrier.” (Fritz Crisler on Duke Slater)

Duke Slater, a three-time All-Big Ten selection and an All-American tackle from the University of Iowa, was a pro football pioneer. The 6-1, 215-pound tackle, who helped lead the Hawkeyes to an undefeated 7-0 record including a 10-7 victory over Knute Rockne’s Notre Dame team, which was riding a 20-game winning streak in 1921, turned pro in 1922, when he joined the Milwaukee Badgers. Following just two games with the Badgers, Slater signed to play with the Rock Island Independents from 1922 to 1925. He would finish his career play for the Chicago Cardinals from 1926 to 1931.

Slater starred as a two-way lineman for 10 seasons and was the longest-tenured African American player during that era. He blocked for numerous Hall of Famers and some of the greatest runners of all-time including Fritz Pollard, Jimmy Conzelman, Jim Thorpe and Ernie Nevers. The talented tackle played a full 60 minutes during the historic Thanksgiving Day game in 1929 when Nevers scored a single-game record 40 points. That NFL record still stand today. A few weeks later Slater scored a touchdown of his own on an interception return vs. the Orange Tornadoes on Dec. 8, 1929.

Racial bias presumedly kept Slater from being named to official NFL All-Decade Team of 1920s. However, he was recognized as an All-Decade player of the 1920s in the book “The Pro Football Chronicle.” In total, Slater was named All-NFL four times (1923, 1925, 1926 and 1929) and Second Team All-NFL by various outlets in seven of his 10 pro seasons (1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1930).

He graduated from law school and passed the bar in 1928 while still playing in the NFL. He started a practice in Chicago and became an assistant district attorney and assistant Illinois commerce commissioner. Slater was elected Chicago’s second black judge in 1948 and in 1960 became the first black judge to serve on the Superior Court of Chicago.

STATS

Duke Slater's Stats

Games Played:

1922    Milwaukee/Rock Island.................. 9

1923    Rock Island................................. 8

1924    Rock Island................................. 8

1925    Rock Island............................... 11

1926    Chi. Cardinals............................. 2

1927    Chi. Cardinals............................ 11

1928    Chi. Cardinals............................. 6

1929    Chi. Cardinals............................ 13

1930    Chi. Cardinals............................ 13

1931    Chi. Cardinals............................. 9

Career Total........................................ 90

 

Additional Career Statistics: Interceptions: 1, TD



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Duke Slater's Career Highlights

All-League Teams           


All-NFL: 1923 (EY)  ·  1925 (EY)  ·  1926 (SM)  ·  1929 (SM) 


All-NFL Second Team: 1923 (GB)  ·  1924 (GB)  ·  1925 (GB)  ·  1926 (EY)  ·  1927 (GB)  ·  1929 (GB)  ·  1930 (EY)


All-NFL Third Team: 1930 (GB)


Pro Bowls

Slater’s career ended prior to Pro Bowl series

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1922     Milwaukee Badgers.............. 2-4-3   (11th)

1922     Rock Island Independents..... 4-2-1   (5th)

1923     Rock Island Independents..... 2-3-3   (12th)

1924     Rock Island Independents..... 5-2-2   (5th)

1925     Rock Island Independents..... 5-3-3   (8th)

1926     Chicago Cardinals............... 5-6-1   (10th)

1927     Chicago Cardinals............... 3-7-1   (9th)

1928     Chicago Cardinals............... 1-5-0   (9th)

1929     Chicago Cardinals............... 6-6-1   (4th)

1930     Chicago Cardinals............... 5-6-2   (7th)

1931     Chicago Cardinals............... 5-4-0   (4th)

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CAREER CAPSULE

Duke Slater's Career Capsule

Full Name: Frederick Wayman Slater

Birthdate: December 9, 1898

Birthplace: Normal, Illinois

Died: August 14, 1966

High School: Clinton (IA)

Pro Career: 10 seasons, 90 games



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