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1953 Chicago Cardinals

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1-10-1, NFL East Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.6, Offense: -3.7, Defense: -5.9, SoS: 2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 190 points (15.8/g), 10th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 337 points (28.1/g), 10th.
 Differential of -147 points (-12.2/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 2.5-9.5.

Coach: Joe Stydahar (1-10-1)

Stadium: Comiskey Park
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim Root 22 Rook 6 80 for 192, 1,149 yards, 8 td, 11 int, & 26 rushes for 12 yards and 1 td Chicago Cardinals / 23rd / 268th pick / 1953
FB Johnny Olszewski* 23 Rook 0 106 rushes for 386 yards, 4 td, & 21 catches for 210 yards and 1 td Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1953
LH Charlie Trippi* 31 6 0 97 rushes for 433 yards, 0 td, & 11 catches for 87 yards and 2 td Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 1st pick / 1945
RH Don Paul* 27 3 0 16 rushes for 114 yards, 0 td, & 16 catches for 167 yards and 2 td Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 47th pick / 1950
LE Gern Nagler 21 Rook 0 43 catches for 610 yards, 6 td Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1953
LT Tom Higgins 23 Rook 0 1 fumble recovered Chicago Cardinals / 6th / 70th pick / 1953
LG Dave Suminski 22 Rook 0 Washington Redskins / 15th / 171st pick / 1953
C Jack Simmons 29 5 12 Detroit Lions / 22nd / 207th pick / 1946
RG Jerry Watford 23 Rook 0 1 fumble recovered Chicago Cardinals / 8th / 87th pick / 1953
RT Jack Jennings 27 3 0 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1950
RE Don Stonesifer 26 2 0 56 catches for 684 yards, 2 td Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 30th pick / 1951
 Defensive Starters
LDE George Schmidt 26 1 0
LDT Volney Peters 25 1 0 Chicago Cardinals / 13th / 151st pick / 1951
MG Nick Chickillo 23 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 15th / 172nd pick / 1953
RDT Don Joyce 24 2 0 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 18th pick / 1951
RDE Tom Bienemann 25 2 0 Chicago Cardinals / 11th / 127th pick / 1951
LLB John Panelli 27 4 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 12th pick / 1949
RLB Leo Sanford 24 2 12 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Cardinals / 8th / 90th pick / 1951
LDH Ray Ramsey 32 6 0 10 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 10th / 82nd pick / 1947
RDH Jim Psaltis 26 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 15th pick / 1953
LS Bill Svoboda* 25 3 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 29th pick / 1950
RS Al Campana 27 3 0
 Special Teams Starters
K Pat Summerall 23 1 0 9 of 24 field goals & 23 of 23 extra points Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1952
P Charlie Trippi* 31 6 0 54 punts for a 42.9 average, 0 blocked Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 1st pick / 1945
PR Charlie Trippi* 31 6 0 21 punt returns for a 11.4 average and 0 td Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 1st pick / 1945
KR Billy Cross 24 2 0 12 kick returns for a 21.4 average and 0 td Chicago Cardinals / 24th / 283rd pick / 1951

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
84 Cliff Anderson 24 1 0 215 6-2 Indiana 11/25/1929 1 Chicago Cardinals / 25th / 291st pick / 1952
49 Roy Barni 26 8 0 185 5-11 San Francisco 2/15/1927 1
82 Tom Bienemann 25 RDE 12 0 221 6-3 Drake 1/28/1928 2 Chicago Cardinals / 11th / 127th pick / 1951
47 Al Campana 27 RS 8 0 180 5-11 Youngstown St. 2/25/1926 3
41 Willie Carter 22 8 0 198 5-11 Tennessee St. 2/23/1931 Rook
68 Nick Chickillo 23 MG 12 0 220 5-11 Miami (FL) 10/17/1930 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 15th / 172nd pick / 1953
20 Billy Cross 24 KR 12 0 151 5-6 West Texas A&M 5/3/1929 2 Chicago Cardinals / 24th / 283rd pick / 1951
39 Tony Curcillo 22 12 0 200 6-1 Ohio St. 5/27/1931 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 6th / 63rd pick / 1953
42 Bob Dove 32 4 0 222 6-2 Notre Dame 2/21/1921 7 Washington Redskins / 5th / 40th pick / 1943
72 Bill Fischer 26 11 0 248 6-2 Notre Dame 3/10/1927 4 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 10th pick / 1949
78 George Gilchrist 25 11 0 260 6-0 Tennessee St. 1/19/1928 Rook
57 Jerry Groom 24 12 0 236 6-3 Notre Dame 8/15/1929 2 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 6th pick / 1951
73 Tom Higgins 23 LT 12 0 230 6-2 North Carolina 2/26/1930 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 6th / 70th pick / 1953
66 Ed Husmann 22 12 0 245 6-2 Nebraska 8/6/1931 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 9th / 99th pick / 1953
53 Keever Jankovich 25 2 0 215 6-0 Utah,Pacific 1/6/1928 1 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 60th pick / 1952
70 Jack Jennings 27 RT 12 0 245 6-4 Ohio St. 2/23/1926 3 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1950
71 Don Joyce 24 RDT 10 0 253 6-3 Tulane 10/8/1929 2 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 18th pick / 1951
7 Ray Nagel 26 qb 4 2 177 5-11 UCLA 5/18/1927 Rook
84 Gern Nagler 21 LE 11 0 190 6-2 Santa Clara 2/23/1932 Rook Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1953
33 Johnny Olszewski* 23 FB 12 0 200 5-11 California 12/21/1930 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1953
34 John Panelli 27 LLB 11 0 200 5-11 Notre Dame 5/7/1926 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 12th pick / 1949
22 Don Paul* 27 RH 12 0 187 6-0 Washington St. 7/23/1926 3 Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 47th pick / 1950
76 Volney Peters 25 LDT 12 0 237 6-4 USC 1/1/1928 1 Chicago Cardinals / 13th / 151st pick / 1951
60 Gordon Polofsky 22 4 0 219 6-1 Tennessee 1/10/1931 1 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 61st pick / 1952
24 Jim Psaltis 26 RDH 12 0 190 6-1 San Jose St.,USC 12/14/1927 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 15th pick / 1953
87 Ray Ramsey 32 LDH 12 0 166 6-2 Bradley 7/18/1921 6 Chicago Cardinals / 10th / 82nd pick / 1947
12 Steve Romanik 29 qb 6 4 190 6-1 Villanova 5/27/1924 3 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 36th pick / 1950
9 Jim Root 22 QB 11 6 185 6-1 Miami (OH) 8/17/1931 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 23rd / 268th pick / 1953
21 Dan Sandifer 26 3 0 190 6-1 LSU 3/1/1927 5 Washington Redskins / 5th / 28th pick / 1948
51 Leo Sanford 24 RLB 12 12 224 6-1 Louisiana Tech 10/4/1929 2 Chicago Cardinals / 8th / 90th pick / 1951
81 George Schmidt 26 LDE 6 0 230 6-2 Illinois Tech 10/28/1927 1
50 Jack Simmons 29 C 12 12 236 6-4 Maryland,Detroit Mercy 10/8/1924 5 Detroit Lions / 22nd / 207th pick / 1946
37 Jack Spinks 23 3 0 236 6-0 Alcorn St. 2/4/1930 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 126th pick / 1952
80 Don Stonesifer 26 RE 12 0 200 6-0 Northwestern 1/29/1927 2 Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 30th pick / 1951
61 Dave Suminski 22 LG 6 0 230 5-11 Wisconsin 6/18/1931 Rook Washington Redskins / 15th / 171st pick / 1953
83 Pat Summerall 23 K 12 0 228 6-4 Arkansas 5/10/1930 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1952
31 Bill Svoboda* 25 LS 12 0 210 6-0 Tulane 7/12/1928 3 Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 29th pick / 1950
47 Wally Triplett 27 4 0 170 5-10 Penn St. 4/18/1926 4 Detroit Lions / 19th / 182nd pick / 1949
2 Charlie Trippi* 31 LH 12 0 186 6-0 Georgia 12/14/1922 6 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 1st pick / 1945
64 Jerry Watford 23 RG 12 0 205 6-3 Alabama 12/19/1930 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 8th / 87th pick / 1953
21 S.J. Whitman 27 3 0 185 5-11 Tulsa 8/17/1926 2 Chicago Cardinals / 22nd / 259th pick / 1951
Team Total 25.2 12 209.6 6-0.8 1.9