By Chris Willis, NFL Films
|Bobbie Cahn, NFL Official, photo from 1935|
For over two decades the diminutive Bobbie Cahn (who stood about 5-feet tall) was an official (mainly a Referee) in the NFL. He officiated tons of games including the NFL's first post-season game played indoors against the Portsmouth Spartans-Chicago Bears in 1932, as well as the first couple of NFL Championship Games. Cahn was such a character in the early days of the NFL that sometimes he would get his name featured in the ads for games he was working. Here's an example of one that was featured in the Moline Dispatch in 1923 advertising the Rock Island Independents game agains the Milwaukee Badgers in Rock Island.
|Ad for game between Rock Island vs Milwaukee, published, Nov. 3, 1923|
In selecting his All-Time NFL Team, Cahn had some of the normal names of the stars of the 1920's and 1930's. But in naming his No. 1 player he went with a lineman- George Trafton. "Trafton had everything, including a lot of lip for the officials," Cahn commented. "He could diagnose a play quicker than any man who ever played football, and he knew what to do about it."
Here is Cahn's All-Time Team:
Ends- Bill Hewitt, Don Hutson
Tackles- Link Lyman, Ed Healey
Guards- Dan Fortmann, Duke Osborn
Center- George Trafton
Quarterback - Dutch Clark
Halfbacks- Cliff Battles, Clarke Hinkle
Fullback - Bronko Nagurski
Cahn's choices included Osborn over Mike Michalske and selecting fullback Hinkle over all the other halfbacks who played in the first two decades. "Most observers have a hard time deciding whether they should put Nagurski or Hinkle at fullback," said Cahn. "But not me. I always wanted to see Hinkle play halfback. I think he could have been the greatest of all-time. Of course, I only saw Jim Thorpe in his declining years."