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The 1920 Rock Island Independents season was their inaugural season in the league and their 14th season overall. The team finished 7-2-2,[1] earning them fourth place in the league.


1920 Rock Island Independents season
Head Coach Rube Ursella
Home Field
Results
Record 6-2-2
Place 4th APFA
Playoff Finish No playoffs until 1932
Timeline
Previous season Next season
N/A 1921


ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 26, 1920 St. Paul Ideals W 48-0
2 October 3, 1920 Muncie Flyers W 45-0
3 October 10, 1920 Hammond Pros W 26-0
4 October 17, 1920 Decatur Staleys L 7-0
5 October 24, 1920 Chicago Cardinals W 7-0
6 October 31, 1920 Chicago Tigers W 20-7
7 November 7, 1920 Decatur Staleys T 0-0
8 November 11, 1920 at Thorn Tornadoes T 7-7
9 November 14, 1920 Dayton Triangles L 21-0
10 November 28, 1920 Washington & Jefferson W 48-7
11 January 9, 1921 Chicago Pullman Thorns W 14-7

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. St. Paul IdealsEdit

Week 1: St. Paul Ideals 0, Rock Island Independents 48
1 2 3 4 Total
Ideals 0 0 0 0

0

Independents 14 14 14 6

48

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: September 26, 1920
  • Game time: N/A
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: 800[2]
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[3] Journal Herald[4]

Week 2: vs. Muncie FlyersEdit

Week 2: Muncie Flyers 0, Rock Island Independents 45
1 2 3 4 Total
Flyers 0 0 0 0

0

Independents 21 10 7 7

45

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: October 3, 1920
  • Game time: 3:04 PM
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: 3,110
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[5]

Week 3: vs. Hammond ProsEdit

Week 3: Hammond Pros 0, Rock Island Independents 26
1 2 3 4 Total
Pros 0 0 0 0

0

Independents 0 13 0 13

26

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: October 10, 1920
  • Game time: 3:20 PM
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: 2,554
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[6]

Week 4: vs. Decatur StaleysEdit

Week 4: Decatur Staleys 7, Rock Island Independents 0
1 2 3 4 Total
Staleys 0 7 0 0

7

Independents 0 0 0 0

0

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: October 17, 1920
  • Game time: N/A
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: 7,000
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[7] Decatur Herald[8]

Week 5: vs. Chicago CardinalsEdit

Week 5: Chicago Cardinals 0, Rock Island Independents 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 0 0

0

Independents 0 7 0 0

7

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: October 24, 1920
  • Game time: N/A
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: 4,000
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[9]

Week 6: vs. Chicago TigersEdit

Week 6: Chicago Tigers 7, Rock Island Independents 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 7 0 0

7

Independents 6 0 7 7

20

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: October 31, 1920
  • Game time: N/A
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: 4,000
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[10]

Week 7: vs. Decatur StaleysEdit

Week 7: Decatur Staleys 0, Rock Island Independents 0
1 2 3 4 Total
Staleys 0 0 0 0

0

Independents 0 0 0 0

0

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: November 7, 1920
  • Game time: N/A
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: 4,991
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[11] Decatur Herald[12]

Week 8: at Chicago Thorn-TornadoesEdit

Week 8: Rock Island Independents 7, Chicago Thorn-Tornadoes 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Independents 0 0 0 7

7

Tornadoes 0 0 0 7

7

at Monmouth College Athletic Park, Monmouth, Illinois

  • Date: November 11, 1920
  • Game time: N/A
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: N/A
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[13]

Week 8: vs. Dayton TrianglesEdit

Week 8: Dayton Triangles 21, Rock Island Independents 0
1 2 3 4 Total
Triangles 7 0 0 14

21

Independents 0 0 0 0

0

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: November 14, 1920
  • Game time: N/A
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: 4,992
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[14] Journal Herald[15]

Week 10: vs. Pittsburgh All-CollegiansEdit

Week 10: Pittsburgh All-Collegians 7, Rock Island Independents 48
1 2 3 4 Total
Collegians 0 0 7 0

7

Independents 14 20 7 7

48

at Douglas Park, Rock Island, Illinois

  • Date: November 28, 1920
  • Game time: N/A
  • Game weather: N/A
  • Game attendance: N/A
  • Referee: N/A
  • RI Independents Site[16]

StandingsEdit

APFA
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Akron Pros 8 0 3 1.000 151 7 T-2
Decatur Staleys 10 1 2 .909 164 21 T-1
Buffalo All-Americans 9 1 1 .900 258 32 T-1
Chicago Cardinals 6 2 2 .750 115 43 T-1
Rock Island Independents 6 2 2 .750 201 49 W-1
Dayton Triangles 5 2 2 .714 150 54 L-1
Rochester Jeffersons 6 3 2 .667 156 57 T-1
Canton Bulldogs 7 4 2 .636 208 57 W-1
Detroit Heralds 2 3 3 .400 53 82 T-2
Cleveland Tigers 2 4 2 .333 28 46 L-1
Hammond Pros 2 5 0 .286 41 154 L-3
Chicago Tigers 2 5 1 .286 49 63 W-1
Columbus Panhandles 2 6 2 .250 41 121 W-1
Muncie Flyers 0 1 0 .000 0 45 L-1

Exhibition gamesEdit

Exhibition: Rock Island Independents 14, Chicago Pullman Thorns 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Independents 0 7 7 0

14

Pullman Thorns 0 7 0 0

7

at Dexter Park, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: January 9, 1921
  • Game attendance: 3,500
  • Referee: Davenport
  • RI Independents Site[17]

RosterEdit

Rock Island Independents 1920 roster
Blocking Backs[a]

Backs

Linemen Coaching Staff

* = starter [18][19][20]

All-APFA selectionsEdit

NotesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1920 Rock Island Independents
  2. "History: (Chronology (1869 to 1939)". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/general/chronology/1869-1939.aspx. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  3. "Every Play of the Game Showing Consistency of Best Pro Team in World". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week1box.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  4. Journal Herald. October 4, 1920.
  5. "Wyman's Play Too Much For Hoosier Team". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week2box.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  6. "Independents and Outplay and Outclass Beefy 'Stars'". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week3box.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  7. "Lack of Practice and Poor Physical Condition Account for First Upset of Season". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week4box.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  8. Decatur Herald. October 1920.
  9. "Independents Beat Cardinals From Chicago". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week5box.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  10. "Chicago Tigers Prove to Be No Match for Locals". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week6box.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  11. "Staleys Win the Dirt Title". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week7box.htm. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  12. Decatur Herald. November 1920.
  13. "Injured Independents Fight to Tie with Thorns". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week8thbox.htm. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  14. "Triangles Use Ariel Tactic to Upset Independents". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week8sunbox.htm. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  15. Journal Herald. November 1920.
  16. "Independents Use All Star Team to Come Back". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week9thbox.htm. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  17. "Staleys fall to Independents". RI Independents Site. http://www.rockislandindependents.com/NFL_scores/1920/1920week10thbox.htm. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  18. "1920 Rock Island Independents roster". Pro Football Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/rii/1920_roster.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  19. "1920 R. I. Independents". http://www.rockislandindependents.com/index_frame.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  20. "1920 Rock Island Independents". Database Football. http://databasefootball.com/teams/teamyear.htm?tm=RII&lg=apfa&yr=1920. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 "1920 APFA All-Pros". Pro Football Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1920_APFA/allpro.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  22. Neft, David; Cohen, Richard; Korch, Rick (September 1994). The Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of Professional Football from 1892 to the Present. Saint Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-11435-0.
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