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Stuart Clarkson of the Chicago Bears
No. 36, 31     
Personal information
Date of birth: July 4, 1919
Place of birth: Corpus Christi, Texas
Date of death: October 26, 1957(1957-10-26) (aged 38)
Place of death: Sugar Land, Texas
Career information
College: Texas A&I
NFL Draft: 1942 / Round: 22 / Pick: 200
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Chicago Bears (1942–1951)
Career highlights and awards
* All-American 1938, 1939
  • Texas A&M-Kingsville Football Hall of Fame
  • Texas A&M-Kingsville All Century Team
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Stuart Lenox Clarkson (July 4, 1919 – October 26, 1957) was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1942–51. He was the last pick in the 1942 NFL Draft.

Clarkson was a two-time Little All-American at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville), 1938 and 1939.[1] He was posthumously named to the Texas A&M-Kingsville Football Hall of Fame, 1972, and was named to the Texas A&M-Kingsville Football Team of Century in 2000.

As a member of the 1946 World Champion Chicago Bears, he received an equal players share of $1,975.82.[2] Following his tenure with the Chicago Bears, Clarkson was line coach and player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League from 1952 to 1953.[3] From 1943–45, Clarkson served with the United States Army in England, France and Germany. On June 6, 1944, Clarkson was part of the American forces landing at Utah Beach, Normandy, France.[4]

On October 26, 1957, while coaching during a game for the Sugar Land (Texas) High School football team, Clarkson suffered a heart attack and died on the side of the field. Sugar Land went on to beat Hitchcock High, 25–0.[1] Clarkson had 2 sons.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Chicago Daily Tribune (October 27, 1957). "Stu Clarkson, Former Bear, Dies in Texas". Chicago Daily Tribune, p. A-2.
  2. Chicago Daily Tribune (December 16, 1946). "Bears Win Seventh Title, 24-14". Chicago Daily Tribune, p. 37.
  3. Chicago Daily Tribune (May 7, 1952). "Clarkson To Join Winnipeg Staff". Chicago Daily Tribune, p. C-3.
  4. Pro Football Hall of Fame WWII Honor Roll; accessed May 25, 2017.

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