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1944 Chicago Bears

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6-3-1, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1944 NFL Season Summary

Scored 258 points (25.8/g), 2nd of 11 in the NFL. Allowed 172 points (17.2/g), 6th.
 Differential of 86 points (8.6/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-2.8.

Coach: Hunk Anderson (6-3-1) (co-coach with Luke Johnsos) and Luke Johnsos (6-3-1)

 Training Camp: St. Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Indiana)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Sid Luckman+ 28 5 0 71 for 143, 1,018 yards, 11 td, 12 int, & 20 rushes for -96 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 2nd pick / 1939
FB Jim Fordham 28 Rook 8 73 rushes for 381 yards, 4 td, & 1 catch for 13 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 8th / 67th pick / 1940
LH Bob Margarita 24 Rook 8 88 rushes for 463 yards, 4 td, & 15 catches for 130 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 21st / 216th pick / 1944
RH Al Grygo 26 Rook 8 53 rushes for 322 yards, 2 td, & 5 catches for 42 yards and 0 td
LE Connie Mack Berry 29 5 7 21 catches for 378 yards, 6 td
LT Al Babartsky 29 6 5 Chicago Cardinals / 5th / 35th pick / 1938
LG Pete Gudauskas 28 4 7
C Bulldog Turner+ 25 4 9 Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1940
RG George Zorich 29 Rook 10
RT Al Hoptowit 29 2 7 Cleveland Rams / 11th / 91st pick / 1938
RE George Wilson 30 7 10 24 catches for 265 yards, 4 td
 Special Teams Starters
K Pete Gudauskas 28 4 7 0 of 0 field goals & 36 of 37 extra points
P Doug McEnulty 22 1 1 25 punts for a 39.7 average, 0 blocked
PR Al Grygo 26 Rook 8 11 punt returns for a 9.1 average and 0 td
KR Bob Margarita 24 Rook 8 12 kick returns for a 23.2 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 21st / 216th pick / 1944

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
Al Babartsky 29 LT 10 5 225 6-0 Fordham 4/19/1915 6 Chicago Cardinals / 5th / 35th pick / 1938
Connie Mack Berry 29 LE 10 7 215 6-3 North Carolina St. 4/19/1915 5
Max Burnell 30 2 0 180 5-11 Notre Dame 5/7/1914 Rook
Abe Croft 24 10 0 183 6-0 SMU 3/12/1920 Rook Chicago Bears / 5th / 40th pick / 1944
Gary Famiglietti 31 fb 10 1 225 6-0 Boston Univ. 11/28/1913 6 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 25th pick / 1938
Jim Fordham 28 FB 10 8 215 5-11 Georgia 12/6/1916 Rook Chicago Bears / 8th / 67th pick / 1940
Bill Glenn 26 2 0 157 6-0 East. Illinois 3/15/1918 Rook Chicago Bears / 17th / 159th pick / 1941
Duke Greenich 23 1 0 185 5-11 Mississippi 10/16/1921 Rook
Al Grygo 26 PR 9 8 173 5-10 South Carolina 8/14/1918 Rook
Pete Gudauskas 28 K 10 7 222 6-2 Murray St. 10/19/1916 4
Al Hoptowit 29 RT 10 7 217 6-1 Washington St. 9/7/1915 2 Cleveland Rams / 11th / 91st pick / 1938
Elmo Kelly 27 3 0 200 6-1 Wichita St. 2/10/1917 Rook
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 186 6-0 Colgate 12/13/1914 Rook
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 197 6-0 Columbia 11/21/1916 5 Chicago Bears / 1st / 2nd pick / 1939
Bob Margarita 24 KR 10 8 178 5-11 Brown 11/3/1920 Rook Chicago Bears / 21st / 216th pick / 1944
Bob Masters 31 hb 10 4 200 5-11 Baylor 1/16/1913 7
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 215 6-3 Wichita St. 1/16/1922 1
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 168 5-10 St. Anselm 12/6/1915 4 Chicago Bears / 21st / 192nd pick / 1940
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 187 5-10 Abilene Christian 4/19/1919 Rook
Fred Mundee 31 c 10 1 220 6-1 Notre Dame 5/20/1913 1
George Musso 34 10 0 262 6-2 Millikin 4/8/1910 11
Dick Plasman 30 3 0 218 6-3 Vanderbilt 4/6/1914 7 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 28th pick / 1937
Paul Podmajersky 28 1 0 220 5-11 Michigan St.,Wyoming,Iowa,Illinois 11/17/1916 Rook
Tom Roberts 28 t 7 2 215 6-1 DePaul 4/1/1916 1 New York Giants / 10th / 90th pick / 1939
Gene Ronzani 35 qb 8 5 200 5-9 Marquette 3/28/1909 11
Dom Sigillo 31 t 9 3 230 6-0 Xavier (OH) 3/7/1913 1
Rudy Smeja 24 e 10 3 195 6-2 Michigan 12/1/1920 Rook Chicago Bears / 3rd / 24th pick / 1944
Ed Sprinkle 21 de 9 3 206 6-1 Hardin-Simmons,Navy 9/3/1923 Rook
Jake Sweeney 22 t 8 3 240 6-3 Cincinnati 5/25/1922 Rook
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 237 6-1 Hardin-Simmons 3/10/1919 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1940
George Wilson 30 RE 10 10 199 6-1 Northwestern 2/3/1914 7
George Zorich 29 RG 10 10 213 6-2 Northwestern 11/24/1915 Rook
Team Total 27.7 10 205.7 6-0.4 2.6