|No. 32, 26, 28|
|Date of birth:December 25, 1889|
|Place of birth: Winnebago, Nebraska|
|Date of death: December 21, 1959(aged 69)|
|Place of death: Winnebago, Nebraska|
|College: Carlisle Indian|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Oorang Indians (1922–1923)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Samuel Big Bear (December 25, 1889 - December 21, 1959), mainly referred to as simply Big Bear in the record books, was a Native American professional football player during the early years of the National Football League. During his two-year career, Big Bear played in 6 games with the Oorang Indians. He played in 1 game for the 1922 season and in 5 games for the 1923 season. He ended his professional career after the Indians disbanded in 1923. According to NFL records, Big Bear did not attend college or play college football. However, the Pro Football Researchers Association states that he attended the Carlisle Indian School located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
- What's an Oorang?
- The Oorang Indians
- Ongoing Research Project Uniform Numbers of the NFL Pre-1933
- Pro Football Archives, Big Bear
- ↑ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. https://web.archive.org/web/20101127050226/http://profootballresearchers.org/Coffin_Corner/03-01-057.pdf. Retrieved 2013-03-17.