|End / Tackle|
|Date of birth: December 24, 1893|
|Place of birth: Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota|
|Date of death: July 26, 1968(aged 74)|
|Place of death: Bemidji, Minnesota|
|College: Carlisle Indian|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Oorang Indians (1922–1923)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Chief Xavier Downwind aka Red Fang (December 24, 1893 – July 26, 1968) was a professional football player who played in the National Football League during the 1922 and 1923 seasons. He played college football at the Carlisle Indian School, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, before joining the NFL's Oorang Indians. The Indians were a team based in LaRue, Ohio, composed only of Native Americans, and coached by Jim Thorpe. Downwind was a Chippewa.
The son of James Mayshuckkence Downwind, Xavier was married twice. First he married Katie Isabelle and who he had a child with in 1919, Paul Xavier Downwind. In the mid 1920s he married Rose Eliza Smith. Between 1927 and 1945, Xavier and Rose had seven children; Xavier Francis, Rupert, Herman, Winnifred, Ruth Arlean, Anna Margaret and Leo Harold Lee. He also has several grandchildren that reside in Minnesota.
- 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.
- ↑ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 27, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20101127050226/http://profootballresearchers.org/Coffin_Corner/03-01-057.pdf. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
- ↑ http://www.ojibwe.info/Ojibwe/HTML/people/p0000132.htm#I3813