Class of 1914

Guy Chamberlin

HometownBlue Springs, NE
High school

Over the course of 10 straight seasons of playing and coaching, Guy Chamberlin’s teams won 10 titles. It started with state college championship teams at Nebraska Wesleyan in 1911 and 1912, before he transferred to Nebraska.

Chamberlin played mostly halfback his junior year at NU — scoring on runs of 90, 85, 70 and 58 yards — before moving to end as a senior. Then-Notre Dame assistant coach Knute Rockne said Chamberlin had been "the key to victory" in leading the Cornhuskers past the Irish in 1915.

In fact, Rockne blamed himself for the loss, saying his scouting report had been mistaken in saying Chamberlin always wet his fingers before throwing a pass. The dry-fingered Chamberlin completed several long passes, along with a 13-yard scoring pass.

In two years at Nebraska, he scored 24 touchdowns for teams that went 15-0-1 and won two Missouri Valley Conference championships — four titles in four college seasons.

After serving in World War I, his pro career started in 1919 with Jim Thorpe’s Canton Bulldogs, where he alternated with the fabled Thorpe in the backfield in winning a title with the professional Ohio League. George Halas lured him away the next year for his Decatur Staleys — forerunners to his Chicago Bears — in the newly formed National Football League.

Chamberlin won two more championships playing for the Staleys in 1920 and 1921, then won titles as player-coach at Canton in 1922 and 1923 and Cleveland in 1924. In 1925, he joined the Frankford (Pennsylvania) Yellow Jackets and his 10-season championship streak came to an end with a sixth-place finish.

He wasn’t done, however. The following season, he won his fourth NFL title in five seasons as a player-coach. He played and coached one more season with Chicago Cardinals, then retired as a player at age 33 in 1927. He ended his NFL coaching career with a 58-16-7 record. His .784 winning percentage was among the best in NFL history.

Chamberlin was inducted into the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame in 1962. He joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965. At the induction banquet in Canton, the Hall of Fame director Dick McMann introduced Chamberlin as "the winningest guy of all time."?

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