Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Players of the Decade—1920s

By John Turney
This is the second of a series of picking players of the decades. We began with 1915-25 and now move to the 1920s.

Again we consulted Chris Willis of NFL Films to make the selections.

Here they are:

1920s Player of the Decade
Guy Chamberlin
Chamberlin was a four-time All-Pro and a member of Pro Football Hall of Fame team All-1920s Team and a Hall of Famer. He was part of NFL championships during the decade (plus one disputed APFA title).

1920s Defensive Player of the Decade
Link Lyman
Lyman was a tackle on offense and defense and was a dominant player well into the 1930s.

1920s Player of the Decade Runner-Up
Paddy Driscoll
Driscoll was a seven-time All-Pro and an All-Decade selection. Perhaps the finest passer of the NFL's first decade.

1920s Defensive Player of the Decade Runner-Up
George Trafton
Six All-Pros for Trafton. He was a center on offense and "roved" on defense.  Red Grange called him the “meanest, toughest player alive.”

Next up—1925-35


  1. Replies
    1. what about him? We didn't think he was worthy of being one of top 2 players in decade.

  2. Love the choice of Chamberlin. The Guy (see what I did) doesn’t get nearly enough credit. Similar to Otto Graham, all he did was win championships. He would have been my choice as well. I would have actually chosen another end, Lavvie Dilweg, a tenacious player on defense as his counterpart. I can understand the support for Slater as well, a dominant player by all accounts, but doesn’t get much recognition.