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Encyclopedia > Sid Luckman
Sid Luckman
Date of birth November 21, 1916
Place of birth Flag of United States Brooklyn, New York
Date of death July 5, 1998
Position(s) Quarterback
College Columbia
NFL Draft 1939 / Round 1/ Pick 2
Honors NFL 1940s All-Decade Team
Stats
Statistics
  • Pro Football Reference
  • DatabaseFootball
Team(s)
1939-1950 Chicago Bears
College Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1965

Sid Luckman (November 21, 1916 - July 5, 1998) was an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1939 to 1950 leading the team to 4 NFL championships during that period. Sid Luckman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1939 NFL Draft was held on December 9, 1938. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1950s All-Decade Team NFL 1960s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... See also: 1964 in sports, other events of 1965, 1966 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Fred Lorenzen wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Clark USAC Racing - Mario Andretti Formula One Champion - Jimmy Clark of Great Britain... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ...


He was instrumental in his team's record-setting win of 73-0 over the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL title game. Sportscaster Jimmy Cannon once said in reference to his years at Columbia, "You had to be there to realize how great Sid was." [citation needed] City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National... Jimmy Cannon (born 1910 - December 5, 1973) was a sports journalist. ...

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Biography

Early life

Sidney Luckman was born November 21, 1916, in Brooklyn to Jewish German immigrants. He played both baseball and football for Erasmus Hall High School and Columbia University. At Columbia, he completed 180 of 376 passes for 2,413 yards and 20 touchdowns -- impressive numbers for that era. He finished third in the 1938 Heisman Trophy voting, losing to Davey O'Brien and Marshall Goldberg. November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... Erasmus Hall High School is a high school in Kings County, New York (Brooklyn) in the New York City school system. ... Columbia University is a private research university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... Robert David OBrien (June 22, 1917 – November 18, 1978) was a professional American football player who played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and was also an agent for the FBI. OBrien played college football at Texas Christian University, and in 1938 led TCU to an undefeated season. ... Marshall Goldberg (October 25, 1917 – April 3, 2006) was an American football running back with the Chicago Cardinals in the National Football League. ...


He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960. The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ...


Chicago Bears

The Draft

Chicago Bears owner and coach George Halas set out to restructure the offensive side of the game of football. Both at the college and pro levels, offenses were a drab scrum of running the ball with only occasional passes. The role of the quarterback still languished as running back who could, as a gimmick, toss a few passes. Most passing was done by the tailback in the predominant single-wing formation, and then usually only on third down with long yardage to go. Halas and his coaches invented a rather complex scheme building on the traditional T-formation, but needed the right quarterback to run it properly. Hearing of Sid Luckman's exploits at Columbia University, playing a schedule where they were under-sized, Halas traveled to New York to watch him play. Halas convinced the Pittsburgh Steelers to draft Luckman second overall and then trade him to the Bears. At first Luckman had little interest in pro football. Intrigued by the challenge of a new offense and Halas' $5000 salary offer, Luckman mastered an offense that revolutionized football. Only Sammy Baugh, playing for the Washington Redskins had the passing skills to match Luckman. Eventually, Luckman tutored college coaches across the Big Ten, Notre Dame and West Point in the intricacies of the passing game. In sports, a coach or manager is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. ... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... In American and Canadian football, a single-wing formation is any offensive formation having exactly one wingback. ... A common T formation In American football, a T formation is a formation used by the offensive team in which three running backs line up in a row about five yards behind the quarterback, forming the shape of a T. Numerous variations of the T formation have been developed, including... Columbia University is a private research university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... Samuel Adrian Baugh (born March 17, 1914) is a retired American football player born in Temple, Texas, the second son of James and Lucy Baugh. ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National... Big Ten can refer to: Big Ten Conference, a college athletics conference Big Ten (movie studios), the largest movie studios in Hollywood This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. ... Alternate meanings: West Point (disambiguation). ...


The T-formation

In only his second season with the Bears, Luckman took over the offense and led the Bears to the title game against Sammy Baugh and the Redskins. The Redskins had beaten the Bears 7-3 during the regular season. Using the "man-in-motion" innovation to great advantage, the Bears destroyed the Redskins 73-0. Luckman passed only 6 times, with 4 completions and 102 yards in the rout. This win was the beginning of over 6 years of Bear dominance of the NFL. From 1940-1946 the Bears played in 5 NFL championship games, winning 4, and posted a 54-17-3 regular season record. In 1942, the Bears posted a perfect 11-0 record and outscored their opponents 376-84 (they lost the championship game to Baugh and Redskins). Luckman was central to the Chicago success. Perfecting Halas' complex offensive scheme of fakes, men in motion, and quick hitting runs, Luckman added the dimension of accurate downfield throwing. During his career, Luckman completed 52% of his passes, averaging 8.4 yards per attempt. In 1943, his finest season, he completed 110 of 202 for 2194 yards and 28 touchdowns. During one game that year, Luckman threw for 443 yards and 7 touchdowns, still tied for the most passing TDs in one game. He led the "Monsters of the Midway" to championships in 1940, 1941, 1943, and 1946. Luckman also had 132 interceptions in his career. Samuel Adrian Baugh (born March 17, 1914) is a retired American football player born in Temple, Texas, the second son of James and Lucy Baugh. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... In Canadian or American football, an interception occurs when a quarterbacks pass is caught by a player on the opposing team. ...


Career stats

Passing Stats
Year Team G Passing
Att.-Comp.
Yards Pct. TD Int. Pass
Rating
1939 Chicago 11 51-23 636 .451 5 4 91.6
1940 Chicago 11 105-48 941 .457 4 9 54.5
1941 Chicago 11 119-68 1,181 .571 9 6 95.3
1942 Chicago 11 105-57 1,023 .543 10 13 80.1
1943 Chicago 10 202-110 2,194 .545 28 12 107.5
1944 Chicago 7 143-71 1,018 .497 11 12 63.8
1945 Chicago 10 217-117 1,727 .539 14 10 82.5
1946 Chicago 11 229-110 1,826 .480 17 16 71.0
1947 Chicago 12 323-176 2,712 .545 24 31 67.7
1948 Chicago 12 163-89 1,047 .546 13 14 65.1
1949 Chicago 11 50-22 200 .440 1 3 37.1
1950 Chicago 11 37-13 180 .351 1 2 38.1
Totals 128 1,744-904 14,685 .518 137 132 75.0

References

  • Columbia University: C250 Celebrates Sid Luckman

External links

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile
Preceded by
Bernard Masterson
Chicago Bears Starting Quarterbacks
1940-1948
Succeeded by
Johnny Lujack
Preceded by
Don Hutson
NFL Most Valuable Player
1943 season
Succeeded by
Frank Sinkwich
National Football League | NFL's 1940s All-Decade Team

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