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Big Bear
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1889-12-25)December 25, 1889
Place of birth: Winnebago, Nebraska
Date of death: December 21, 1959(1959-12-21) (aged 69)
Place of death: Winnebago, Nebraska
Career information
College: Carlisle Indian
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Oorang Indians (1922–1923)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
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.[1]

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