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(Nebraska)...Berlin Guy Chamberlin. . .Legendary grid hero at Nebraska. . .Became premier end of the NFL in the 1920s. . . Extremely-durable two-way performer. . .Player-coach of four NFL championship teams: 1922-1923 Canton Bulldogs, 1924 Cleveland Bulldogs, 1926 Frankford Yellow Jackets. . . Six-year coaching record 58-16-7 for a remarkable .759 percentage. . .Born January 16, 1894, at Blue Springs, Nebraska. . .Died April 4, 1967, at age of 73.
Guy Chamberlin played and coached in the earliest years of the National Football League when the only meaningful statistic kept was the teams' won-lost record. Winning was a category in which Chamberlin excelled. Of those coaches with 50 or more victories, Guy's 58-16-7 record and .759 winning percentage ranks among the best.
In his six coaching seasons, five of which were spent as a player-coach, Chamberlin also won four NFL championships for the Canton Bulldogs in 1922 and 1923, the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1924, and the Frankford Yellowjackets in 1926. Although Chamberlin's high school in Blue Springs, Nebraska, was not big enough to field a football team, he became a two-time All-America at the University of Nebraska.
Jim Thorpe, who had always been Chamberlin’s idol, lured Guy into pro football with the pre-NFL Canton Bulldogs in 1919. Chamberlin was one of the finest ends of his time. When George Halas began lining up players for his first Decatur Staleys team in 1920, Chamberlin was his prime recruit. He was big, tall and fast, excellent on both offense and defense and a 60-minute player.
After two seasons with Halas and the Staleys, Chamberlin came back to Canton as player-coach of the Bulldogs. Thorpe was no longer with the team but Chamberlin assembled one of the powerhouse elevens of the 1920s. Canton, with undefeated seasons in both 1922 and 1923, became the NFL's first two-time champion. The Bulldogs were sold in 1924 to a Cleveland promoter who added several Bulldogs’ players to his Cleveland team. Chamberlin led the rebuilt Cleveland team to the NFL championship.
In 1925, Chamberlin joined the Frankford Yellowjackets and a year later won another NFL title with a 14-1-2 record. Guy concluded his player-only career with the 1927 Chicago Cardinals and as a coach only in 1928 with the Chicago Cardinals.
Full Name: Berlin Guy Chamberlin
Birthdate: January 16, 1894
Birthplace: Blue Springs, Nebraska
Died: April 4, 1967
High School: Blue Springs (NE)
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: September 12, 1965
Presenter: Wallace Elliott, member, Canton Bulldogs
Other Members of Class of 1965: John "Paddy" Driscoll, Dan Fortmann, Otto Graham, Sid Luckman, Steve Van Buren, Bob Waterfield
Pro Career: 9 seasons, 92 games
Drafted: Chamberlin played prior to the NFL Draft being implemented.
Uniform Number: 13 (23)
Guy Chamberlin Enshrinement Speech 1965
Presenter: Jim Muzzy
One of the most versatile, talented, and colorful of all football men - Guy. Mr. Chamberlin.
Well I've always listed, since I played here in 1919 with Jim Thorpe, Canton as my second home. And it's still a very friendly town. I am proud to be here again, and also this is the culmination of a lot of hard work, but I appreciate it and it is my highest honor. Thank you.