Norb Sacksteder
No. 4[1]     
Halfback, Fullback, Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1895-09-25)September 25, 1895
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Date of death: June 19, 1986(1986-06-19) (aged 90)
Career information
College: Christian Brothers University, University of Dayton
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Dayton Triangles (1914–1920)
Career highlights and awards
*Won 1922 NFL Championship
Stats at
Stats at

Norbert N. Sacksteder (September 25, 1895 – June 19, 1986) was a professional football player during the early years of the National Football League with the Dayton Triangles, Detroit Heralds, Detroit Tigers and the Canton Bulldogs. Sacksteder was a part of the Bulldogs' 1922 NFL championship team. He was considered one of the greatest breakaway runners of his time.[2]


Before he joined the NFL, Sacksteder was a basketball standout at the University of Dayton, then called St. Marys Institute. In the fall of 1913, Norb helped form a football team under the school's name, the St. Marys Cadets. The team's first year posted a 7-0 record. St. Mary's then won the Dayton city championship and then defeated the Cincinnati Celts 27-0 at Redland Park in Cincinnati.

Professional footballEdit

After college, Sacksteder played exclusively for the Dayton Triangles. In 1917 though he played for the Detroit Heralds.[3] In 1917, at the outbreak of American's involvement in World War I, he joined the United States Army. In 1918 Norb, under coach Greasy Neale, defeated the Hammond Pros 23-0 in Sacksteder's only known game that season. He may have been on leave from the service or perhaps simply retired for the remainder of the season.[4]

The Triangles would later become a founder of the NFL, then called the American Professional Football Association. On October 3, 1920, The Triangles defeated the Columbus Panhandles 14-0 at Triangle Park in the first game between two NFL teams. Norb was in the line-up for Dayton during that historic game.[5]



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