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Mac Speedie

7 Seasons
86 Games
1940s NFL All-Decade Team
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Seasons

86

Games

1940s

NFL All-Decade Team
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“Hurdling is all speed, balance and perfect timing. I think that helped me more than anything else in becoming successful in football.”

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(Utah)...6'3'', 203...15th Round pick (135th overall) in 1942 by Detroit … Enlisted in Army instead of pursuing pro football career … Joined Cleveland Browns in new All-America Football Conference as defensive end … Established every major receiving record in four-year history of AAFC … Led AAFC in receptions three times (1947-49) and NFL once (1952) … Leader in receiving yardage twice in AAFC (1947, 1949) when he eclipsed 1,000-yard plateau in each of those seasons … Career stats: 349 receptions for 5,602 yards and 33 TD … All-Pro three times … All-AAFC four times … All-NFL twice … Member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1940s … Born: Jan. 12, 1920 in Odell, Illinois … Died March 12, 1993 in Laguna Hills, California at age of 73.

BIO

Mac Speedie Cleveland Browns

“Hurdling is all speed, balance and perfect timing. I think that helped me more than anything else in becoming successful in football.”

Mac Curtis Speedie was born on January 12, 1920 in Odell, Illinois. Speedie was crippled during his childhood by Perthes disease (a bone deficiency), but he overcame what doctors feared would be a lifelong handicap. During his time at the University of Utah, Speedie played football and basketball, but was best known for running track – specifically running hurdles – which Speedie felt helped him to excel on the gridiron.

Speedie was drafted in the 15th round of the 1942 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. However, he enlisted in the U.S. Army that March in the midst of World War II and never played for the Lions. While he was with the Fort Warren service team, he caught the attention of Cleveland Browns Head Coach Paul Brown. As a result, Speedie signed with the Browns as a defensive end but quickly converted to the offensive side of ball and created a lethal receiving duo with Hall of Famer Dante Lavelli. During his first season, Speedie only caught 24 passes, but was the All-America Football Conference’s leading pass receiver over the next three seasons. Speedie’s standout career-play came in 1948 when he caught a screen pass from Otto Graham and ran 99 yards for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills.

Speedie established every major receiving record in the four-year history of the AAFC and led the AAFC in receptions three times (1947-49) and NFL once (1952). He made the United Press all-league team in 1950 and 1952. He played in six league championship games during his seven years with Cleveland. Speedie started in 74 of his 86 career games – which was a feat for a player during his era. During his seven years with the Browns, Speedie’s career totals included 349 receptions for 5,602 yards and 33 touchdowns.  He was named All-Pro three times, All-AAFC four times, All-NFL twice and the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1940s.

In 1953, Speedie joined a third professional football league, the Western Interprovincial Football Union in Canada playing three seasons, 1953-55. In 1960, Speedie returned to football as an end coach with the Houston Oilers of the New American Football League. After two seasons, he moved to Denver as the offensive end coach and took over the head coaching during the 1964 season where he remained for a couple years.

STATS

Mac Speedie's Stats

 

 

 

 

Receiving

 

Year

Team

G

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1946

Cleveland (AAFC)

14

24

564

23.5

7

1947

Cleveland (AAFC)

14

67

1146

17.1

6

1948

Cleveland (AAFC)

12

58

816

14.1

4

1949

Cleveland (AAFC)

12

62

1028

16.6

7

1950

Cleveland (NFL)

12

42

548

13.0

1

1951

Cleveland (NFL)

10

34

589

17.3

3

1952

Cleveland (NFL)

12

62

911

14.7

5

Career Total

86

349

5602

16.1

33

               
 

Additional Career Statistics: Rushing: 2-0; Kickoff Returns: 2-14; Punting: 3-84; PATS: 1-1



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Mac Speedie's Championship Games

Championship Games

1946 AAFC – Cleveland Browns 14, New York Yankees 9           

Speedie played but did not start this game. He had six receptions for 71 yards.
 

1947 AAFC – Cleveland Browns 14, New York Yankees 3

Speedie played but did not start this game. He had four receptions for 25 yards.
 

1948 AAFC – Cleveland Browns 49, Buffalo Bills 7

Speedie started at left end. He had two receptions for 22 yards.
 

1949 AAFC – Cleveland Browns 21, San Francisco 7

Speedie started at left end. He had one reception for 37 yards.
 

1950 NFL – Cleveland Browns 30, Los Angeles Rams 28

Speedie started at left end. He had one reception for 17 yards.
 

1951 NFL – Los Angeles Rams 24, Cleveland Browns 17

Speedie started at left end. He had seven receptions for 81 yards.
 

1952 NFL – Detroit Lions 17, Cleveland Browns 7

Speedie did not play in this game.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Mac Speedie's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 1947 (AP)  ·  1948 (AP, SN)  ·  1949 (AP, IN) 

All-AAFC: 1946 (UPI, NY)  ·  1947 (NY, OA)  ·  1948 (UPI, NY, OA)  ·  1949 (UPI, NY, OA)

All-AAFC Second Team: 1946 (OA)

All-NFL: 1950 (UPI, NY)  ·  1952 (UPI)

All-NFL Second Team: 1950 (AP)  ·  1952 (AP, NY) 

 

Pro Bowls

(1) – 1951

 

In the AAFC Record Book

·    [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 211

·    [1st] Most Receptions, Season – 67 (1947)

·    [1st] Most Receptions, Game – 11 (vs. Brooklyn-New York, Nov. 20, 1949)

·    [1st] Most Receiving Yards, Career – 3,554

·    [1st] Most Receiving Yards, Game – 228 (vs. Brooklyn-New York, Nov. 20, 1949)

·    [1st] Most Receiving Yards, Season – 1,146 (1947)

 

Team Records
 

Browns records held by Speedie

(Records through the 1952 season, Speedie’s final season with Cleveland)

·    [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 349

·    [1st] Most Receptions, Season – 67 (1947)

·    [1st] Most Receptions, Game – 11 (vs. Brooklyn-New York, Nov. 20, 1949; vs. Chicago Cardinals, Nov. 9, 1952)

·    [1st] Most Receiving Yards, Career – 5,602

·    [1st] Most Receiving Yards, Season – 1,146 (1947)

·    [1st] Most Receiving Yards, Game – 228 (vs. Brooklyn-New York, Nov. 20, 1949)

·    [1st] Longest Pass Reception – 99 (from Graham, vs. Buffalo, Nov. 2, 1947)

·    [Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Game with a Touchdown Reception – 4 (1949)

 

League/Team Statistical Titles

 

AAFC/NFL Statistical Championships

Pass Reception Titles: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1952

Pass Receiving Yardage Titles: 1947, 1949
 

Team Statistical Championships

Pass Reception Titles: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952      

Pass Receiving Yardage Titles: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952

 

Awards and Honors

·       NFL All-Decade Team of 1940s

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

 

1946     Cleveland Browns (AAFC). 12-2-0   (1st)

1947     Cleveland Browns (AAFC). 12-1-1   (1st)

1948     Cleveland Browns (AAFC). 14-0-0   (1st)

1949     Cleveland Browns (AAFC)... 9-1-2   (1st)

1950     Cleveland Browns............ 10-2-0   (1st)

1951     Cleveland Browns............ 11-1-0   (1st)

1952     Cleveland Browns.............. 8-4-0   (1st)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

Mac Speedie's Career Capsule

Full Name: Mac Curtis Speedie

Birthdate: January 12, 1920

Birthplace: Odell, Illinois

Died: March 12, 1993

High School: South (Salt Lake City, UT)

Pro Career: 7 seasons, 86 games

Drafted: 15th round (135th player overall) in 1942 by Detroit



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