Bernie Masterson
Date of birth: (1911-08-10)August 10, 1911
Place of birth: Shenandoah, Iowa
Date of death: May, 1963
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
NFL Draft: 1934 / Round:
 As player:
1934-1940 Chicago Bears
Playing stats at

Bernard "Bernie" Edward Masterson (August 10, 1911 – May 1963) was a three-sport athlete at Lincoln High. He was an all-state back in football, a starter on the 1930 state championship basketball team, and a track star. [1]

College career Edit

Moving on to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, he starred from 1931 to 1933 as a back on three straight unbeaten Big Six championship teams. He was selected All-Big Six in 1933. [2]

Professional career Edit

He played quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1934 to 1940 when the Bears were known as the "Monsters of the Midway". During his pro career, the Bears were 59-19-3 and were in three NFL championship play-offs. Bernie has an NFL career total of 3,372 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. [3]

Coach Edit

He came back to Nebraska as head football coach for 1946 and 1947. He went 5-13 in the two seasons as head coach. Bernie was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1977. [2]


  1. "Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame". 2003. Retrieved 2007-01-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Huskerpedia". University of Nebraska. Sportspedia, Inc. 1995-2006. Retrieved 2007-01-10.
  3. "". Bernie Masterson. 2002-2006. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
Preceded by
Keith Molesworth
Chicago Bears Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Sid Luckman
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