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Akron Goodyear Silents
Founded 1915
Folded 1927
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The Goodyear Silents was a semi-professional football team based in Akron, Ohio, composed of deaf players. Most, if not all, of the team worked for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. During World Wars I and II, many industrial companies hired deaf people, including Goodyear and Firestone in Akron. In existence from 1915–1927, the team played against local and regional semi-pro teams, and compiled an all-time record of 68-35-11; in the process, they won several league championships.

The most disappointing moments the successful team experienced was their failure to defeat cross-town archrivals Akron Pros, losing all four games to this team. The Akron Pros was one of the pioneering teams in the fledging NFL! The four losing scores were: 9-0, 20-7, 6-0 and 14-0

Joe Allen, one of the Goodyear Silents players, was the only one to continue his career in semi pro football after the team went out of business.

Season-by-season Edit

YearGPWLTPFPAPCTNotes
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1920 8 6 2 0 96 52
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927

All-time recordsEdit

Statistic Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Akron Goodyear Silents regular season record 68 35 11
Akron Goodyear Silents postseason record
All-time regular and postseason record 68 35 11 '

ReferencesEdit


Jewish Deaf Community Center newsletter, Los Angeles, CA

Akron Pros

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