Joe Stydahar
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1912-03-17)March 17, 1912
Place of birth: Kaylor, Pennsylvania
Date of death: March 23, 1977(1977-03-23) (aged 65)
Place of death: Beckley, West Virginia
High School: Shinnston Spartans WV
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
College: West Virginia
NFL Draft: 1936 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 1936 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 1946 for the Chicago Bears
Made coaching debut in 1950 for the Los Angeles Rams
Last coached in 1954 for the Chicago Cardinals
Career history
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Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1946
Games played     84
Fumble recoveries     2
Coaching record     20-27-1
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Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Joseph "Jumbo Joe" Lee Stydahar (born Joseph Lee Stajduhar on March 17, 1912; died March 23, 1977) was an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears from 1936 to 1942 and 1945 to 1946 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was born and raised about 70 miles (110 km) east of Pittsburgh in the small mining community of Kaylor, Pennsylvania in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Stydahar attended West Virginia University, and was the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams during the 1950 and 1951 seasons, and the Chicago Cardinals during 1953 and 1954. Stydahar died on March 23, 1977.

He is also well known for being the first player drafted by the Chicago Bears (#6 overall) in the first ever NFL Draft. He was selected by George Halas' Chicago Bears in 1936.

College yearsEdit

At West Virginia, Stydahar won various All-Eastern honors and after his senior year, he was invited to participate in the College All-Star game and the East-West All-Star game.

He was a two sport star at West Virginia, playing both football and basketball. Stydahar was a three year letterman in basketball and once held the single game scoring record of 24 points against West Virginia Wesleyan in 1933.

Joe was elected into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

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