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1946 Chicago Rockets

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5-6-3, Finished 4th in AAFC West Division  · 1946 AAFC Season Summary

Scored 263 points (18.8/g), 5th of 9 in the AAFC. Allowed 315 points (22.5/g), 5th.
 Differential of -52 points (-3.7/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 5.5-8.5.

Coach: Dick Hanley (1-1-1), Pat Boland (2-3-1), Bob Dove (2-2-1) (co-coach with Ned Mathews and Willie Wilkin), Ned Mathews (2-2-1) and Willie Wilkin (2-2-1)

 Training Camp: Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, California)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
HB Elroy Hirsch 23 Rook 12 87 rushes for 226 yards, 1 td, & 27 catches for 347 yards and 3 td Cleveland Rams / 1st / 5th pick / 1945
TB Bob Hoernschemeyer 21 Rook 10 111 rushes for 375 yards, 0 td, & 1 catch for 11 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
FB Ernie Lewis 22 Rook 9 57 rushes for 164 yards, 1 td, & 2 catches for 26 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 77th pick / 1946
BB Billy Hillenbrand 24 Rook 9 50 rushes for 175 yards, 2 td, & 21 catches for 315 yards and 4 td New York Giants / 1st / 6th pick / 1944
LE Ralph Heywood 25 Rook 8 20 catches for 287 yards, 4 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 19th pick / 1944
LT Willie Wilkin 30 8 8
LG Evan Vogds 23 Rook 11
C Herb Coleman 23 Rook 12 Bos/Bkn Yanks/Tigers / 12th / 113th pick / 1945
RG Tony Sumpter 23 Rook 6
RT Charlie Huneke 25 Rook 11
RE Pat Lahey 27 Rook 10 17 catches for 203 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for -2 yards and 0 td
 Special Teams Starters
K Steve Nemeth 24 1 1 9 of 12 field goals & 32 of 33 extra points
P Ernie Lewis 22 Rook 9 50 punts for a 41.7 average, 1 blocked Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 77th pick / 1946
PR Elroy Hirsch 23 Rook 12 17 punt returns for a 13.8 average and 1 td Cleveland Rams / 1st / 5th pick / 1945
KR Elroy Hirsch 23 Rook 12 14 kick returns for a 27.4 average and 1 td Cleveland Rams / 1st / 5th pick / 1945

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
Bill Boedeker 22 hb 12 1 192 5-11 DePaul 3/7/1924 Rook
Jim Brutz 27 t 14 3 230 6-0 Notre Dame 2/12/1919 Rook
Walt Clay 22 b 13 2 196 5-11 Colorado 1/8/1924 Rook New York Giants / 10th / 85th pick / 1946
Herb Coleman 23 C 14 12 200 6-0 Notre Dame 6/18/1923 Rook Bos/Bkn Yanks/Tigers / 12th / 113th pick / 1945
Norm Cox 21 3 0 210 6-2 TCU 9/22/1925 Rook Chicago Bears / 31st / 291st pick / 1948
Bob Dove 25 le 14 5 222 6-2 Notre Dame 2/21/1921 Rook Washington Redskins / 5th / 40th pick / 1943
Don Griffin 24 hb 13 4 190 5-11 Illinois 10/15/1922 Rook Green Bay Packers / 14th / 137th pick / 1944
Ralph Heywood 25 LE 14 8 203 6-2 USC 9/11/1921 Rook Detroit Lions / 3rd / 19th pick / 1944
Billy Hillenbrand 24 BB 14 9 188 6-0 Indiana 3/29/1922 Rook New York Giants / 1st / 6th pick / 1944
Elroy Hirsch 23 HB 14 12 190 6-2 Wisconsin,Michigan 6/17/1923 Rook Cleveland Rams / 1st / 5th pick / 1945
Bob Hoernschemeyer 21 TB 14 10 194 5-11 Indiana,Navy 9/23/1925 Rook New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
Charlie Huneke 25 RT 14 11 225 6-3 St. Mary's (TX),Benedictine,Wyoming 1/1/1921 Rook
Bill Kellagher 26 fb 12 2 205 5-11 Fordham 8/13/1920 Rook
Quentin Klenk 27 t 8 1 225 6-2 USC 2/13/1919 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 18th / 184th pick / 1945
Pat Lahey 27 RE 13 10 218 6-2 John Carroll 10/21/1919 Rook
Pete Lamana 25 lb 10 1 210 5-11 Boston Univ. 5/15/1921 Rook
Ernie Lewis 22 FB 12 9 211 6-1 Colorado 11/20/1924 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 77th pick / 1946
Ned Mathews 28 wb 8 2 187 5-10 UCLA 8/11/1918 5
Max Morris 21 e 11 1 200 6-2 Illinois,Northwestern 3/13/1925 Rook Chicago Bears / 26th / 245th pick / 1947
Bob Motl 26 e 14 1 195 6-3 Northwestern 7/26/1920 Rook Washington Redskins / 9th / 80th pick / 1943
Steve Nemeth 24 K 13 1 174 5-10 Notre Dame 12/10/1922 1
Jim O'Neal 22 rg 12 5 230 6-1 TCU,Texas-El Paso,Southwestern (TX) 2/13/1924 Rook
Mickey Parks 31 c 13 2 225 6-0 Oklahoma 12/4/1915 8 Washington Redskins / 9th / 79th pick / 1938
Jim Pearcy 28 g 13 3 210 5-11 Marshall 7/26/1918 Rook
Frank Quillen 26 e 14 4 225 6-5 Pennsylvania 12/18/1920 Rook
Joe Ruetz 30 g 13 1 200 6-0 Notre Dame 10/21/1916 Rook
Bill Schroeder 23 hb 14 3 190 6-0 Wisconsin 4/11/1923 Rook
Tony Sumpter 23 RG 12 6 215 6-1 Cameron 9/13/1923 Rook
Norm Verry 24 t 10 3 240 6-1 USC 9/18/1922 Rook Green Bay Packers / 9th / 78th pick / 1943
Evan Vogds 23 LG 14 11 210 5-10 Wisconsin 2/10/1923 Rook
Lloyd Wasserbach 25 t 12 3 205 5-11 Wisconsin 1/30/1921 Rook Green Bay Packers / 21st / 198th pick / 1943
Willie Wilkin 30 LT 10 8 261 6-4 St. Mary's (CA) 4/20/1916 8
Walt Williams 27 14 0 195 6-2 Boston Univ. 2/12/1919 Rook
Team Total 24.8 14 208.2 6-0.6 0.7