Lo Boutwell
No. 8, 11     
Halfback / Fullback / Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: October 3, 1892
Place of birth: Orr, North Dakota
Date of death: October 3, 1969(1969-10-03) (aged 77)[1]
Place of death: Columbus, Ohio
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

Leon A. Boutwell (October 3, 1892 – October 3, 1969) was a professional football player who played in the National Football League during the 1922 and 1923 seasons. He joined the NFL's Oorang Indians. The Indians were a team based in LaRue, Ohio, composed only of Native Americans, and coached by Jim Thorpe. Lo was a Chippewa and made his start with the team at age 29.[2] He recorded an interception in 1923.

Boutwell attended high school at Mechanicsburg Academy, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. After graduation, he played college football at the Carlisle Indian School.

When asked about how white audiences viewed the Indians, Boutwell explained:

"White people had this misconception about Indians. They thought they were all wild men, even though almost all of us had been to college and were generally more civilized than they were. Well, it was a dandy excuse to raise hell and get away with it when the mood struck us. Since we were Indians we could get away with things the whites couldn't. Don't think we didn't take advantage of it."[2]


  • Whitman, Robert L. (1984). Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: The N.F.L.'s Most Colorful Franchise. [Mount Gilead, OH]: Marion County Historical Society. OCLC 717439558.
  • Uniform Numbers of the NFL


  1. "Lo Boutwell". The Pro Football Archives. 2006. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Braunwart, Bob; Bob Carroll; Joe Horrigan (1981). "The Oorang Indians". The Coffin Corner 3 (1). Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
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