Tom Whelan
Center, End, Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1894-01-03)January 3, 1894
Place of birth: Lynn, Massachusetts
Date of death: June 26, 1957(1957-06-26) (aged 63)
Place of death: Boston, Massachusetts
Career information
College: Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Boston College, Notre Dame
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Canton Bulldogs (1920)
Career highlights and awards
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Thomas Joseph Whelan (January 3, 1894 – June 26, 1957) was a professional football player who spent three years in the American Professional Football Association, the forerunner to the National Football League, with the Canton Bulldogs in 1919 and 1920, winning the national championship alongside Jim Thorpe. He then played with the Cleveland Tigers in 1921. He was also a professional baseball player in the National League for the Boston Braves, at first base in 1920.[1][2]

Whelan managed to attend the colleges of Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Boston College, Notre Dame from 1913 until 1920.

He went on to become a coach, athletic director and principal of Lynn English High School, where the academic wing built in the 1990s was named after him. He was married to Mildred, and had five children – Thomas, Mary Jane, Mildred, Robert and William.

Known for his encouraging and positive outlook, he assisted many Lynn English athletes attend college. In this spirit, his many grandchildren maintain an annual scholarship in honor of their grandfather/grandmother, and their parents who all attended Lynn English High School.


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