Ed Sprinkle

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Ed Sprinkle

12 Seasons
132 Games
4 Pro Bowls
1940s NFL All-Decade Team
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(Navy)...6'1'', 206...Signed as free agent with Chicago Bears, 1944 … Strong, hard-hitting and one of most feared players of his era notably as a defensive end … Regarded as one of first to gain fame by rushing the passer … Helped lead Bears to 8-2-1 record in 1946 followed by 24-14 victory over New York Giants in NFL Championship Game ball … Caught 32 career passes for 451 yards and 7 TD … … Defensive career totals: 4 interceptions for 55 yards, one safety and recovered two fumbles for TDs … First-Team All-Pro, 1949 … First Team All-NFL, 1950 … Second-Team All-NFL four times (1949, 1951, 1952, 1954) … Voted to four Pro Bowls (1951-53, 1955) … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1940s … Born Sept. 3, 1923 in Bradshaw, Texas … Died July 28, 2014 in Palos Heights, Illinois at age of 90.

BIO

Ed Sprinkle Chicago Bears

Ed Sprinkle signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent out of Navy in 1944. A fierce competitor, Sprinkle was once described by legendary Hall of Famer George Halas as "the greatest pass rusher I've ever seen." Strong, hard-hitting and one of most feared players of his era, most notably at defensive end, Sprinkle was labeled “The Meanest Man in Football” by Collier’s Weekly.

The 6-1, 206-pound Sprinkle, originally played both offense and defensive end for the Bears. He caught 32 passes for 451 yards and seven touchdowns during his career. He helped lead Chicago to an NFL Western Division title in 1946 with an 8-2-1 record. The Bears would go on to defeat the New York Giants 24-14 in NFL Championship Game. However, his ability to rush and tackle the opponents' passers soon made him a defensive specialist.

During his 12 seasons with the Bears, NFL teams were switching to the T-formation, and a strong pass rush was essential to defend against the improved air attacks. Sprinkle was determined, extremely quick off the snap and, as a left- handed right end, he could handle most blockers with his stronger arm. Sprinkle is widely regarded as one of first players to gain fame by rushing the passer.

In total, Sprinkle intercepted four passes for 55 yards, one safety and recovered two fumbles for TDs during his career. He was named First-Team All-Pro in 1949, First Team All-NFL in 1950 and Second-Team All-NFL four times (1949, 1951, 1952 and 1954). Sprinkle was also voted to four Pro Bowls (1951-53, 1955) and is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1940s.

STATS

Ed Sprinkle's Stats

 

 

 

 

Receiving

Year

Team

G.

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1944

Chicago

9

0

0

0.0

0

1945

Chicago

6

0

0

0.0

0

1946

Chicago

11

7

124

17.7

2

1947

Chicago

12

4

43

10.8

0

1948

Chicago

10

10

132

13.2

3

1949

Chicago

12

4

69

17.3

0

1950

Chicago

12

4

70

17.5

0

1951

Chicago

12

2

11

5.5

1

1952

Chicago

12

1

2

2.0

1

1953

Chicago

12

0

0

0.0

0

1954

Chicago

12

0

0

0.0

0

1955

Chicago

12

0

0

0.0

0

Career Total

132

32

451

14.1

7

 
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 1-0; Rushing: 3-2; Kickoff Returns: 11-63; Interceptions: 4-55; Safeties: 1 Fumble Recoveries for TD: 2

 



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Ed Sprinkle's Championship Games

Championship Games

1946 NFL – Chicago Bears 24, New York Giants 14

Sprinkle played in this game. He had one reception for nine yards.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Ed Sprinkle's Career Highlights

All-League Teams


All-Pro: 1949 (IN)

All-NFL: 1950 (NY)

All-NFL Second Team: 1949 (UPI, NY)  ·  1951 (UPI, NY)  ·  1952 (AP)  ·  1954 (AP)

 

Pro Bowls

(4) – 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955

 

Awards and Honors

·       NFL All-Decade Team of 1940s

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1944     Chicago Bears.................... 6-3-1   (2nd)

1945     Chicago Bears.................... 3-7-0   (4th)

1946     Chicago Bears................... 8-2-1   (1st)

1947     Chicago Bears.................... 8-4-0   (2nd)

1948     Chicago Bears................... 10-2-0   (2nd)

1949     Chicago Bears.................... 9-3-0   (2nd)

1950     Chicago Bears.................... 9-3-0   (2nd)

1951     Chicago Bears.................... 7-5-0   (4th)

1952     Chicago Bears.................... 5-7-0   (5th)

1953     Chicago Bears.................... 3-8-1   (4th)

1954     Chicago Bears.................... 8-4-0   (2nd)

1955     Chicago Bears.................... 8-4-0   (2nd)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

Ed Sprinkle's Career Capsule

Full Name: Edward Alexander Sprinkle

Birthdate: September 3, 1923

Birthplace: Bradshaw, Texas

Died: July 28, 2014

High School: Tuscola (TX)

Pro Career: 12 seasons, 132 games



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