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1956 Chicago Cardinals

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7-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.4, Offense: -0.1, Defense: 3.5, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 240 points (20.0/g), 7th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 182 points (15.2/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 58 points (4.8/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 7.9-4.1.

Coach: Ray Richards (7-5-0)

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 Lamar McHan 24 2 10 72 for 152, 1,159 yards, 10 td, 8 int, & 58 rushes for 161 yards and 5 td Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1954
FB Johnny Olszewski 26 3 0 157 rushes for 598 yards, 2 td, & 17 catches for 182 yards and 0 td Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1953
LH Ollie Matson*+ 26 4 0 192 rushes for 924 yards, 5 td, & 15 catches for 199 yards and 2 td Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 3rd pick / 1952
RH Dave Mann 24 1 0 45 rushes for 116 yards, 0 td, & 13 catches for 170 yards and 1 td Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 74th pick / 1954
LE Don Stonesifer 29 5 0 22 catches for 320 yards, 2 td Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 30th pick / 1951
LT Tom Dahms 29 5 0 1 fumble recovered
LG Doug Hogland 25 3 0 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 93rd pick / 1953
C Jack Simmons* 32 8 0 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 22nd / 207th pick / 1946
RG John Dittrich 23 Rook 0 1 fumble recovered Chicago Cardinals / 6th / 70th pick / 1956
RT Jack Jennings 30 6 0 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1950
RE Max Boydston 24 1 0 6 catches for 116 yards, 2 td Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1955
 Defensive Starters
LDE Leo Sugar 27 2 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Cardinals / 11th / 123rd pick / 1952
LDT Tony Pasquesi 23 1 0 Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1955
MG Ed Husmann 25 3 0 Chicago Cardinals / 9th / 99th pick / 1953
RDT Len Teeuws 29 4 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 25th / 301st pick / 1952
RDE Pat Summerall 26 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1952
LLB Leo Sanford* 27 5 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Cardinals / 8th / 90th pick / 1951
RLB Carl Brettschneider 25 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LDH Night Train Lane*+ 27 4 0 7 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RDH Lindon Crow* 23 1 0 11 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 14th pick / 1955
LS Woodley Lewis 31 6 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 103rd pick / 1950
RS Jimmy Hill 28 1 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Pat Summerall 26 4 0 10 of 22 field goals & 30 of 30 extra points Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1952
P Dave Mann 24 1 0 36 punts for a 37.4 average, 1 blocked Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 74th pick / 1954
PR Frank Bernardi 23 1 0 18 punt returns for a 12.1 average and 1 td Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 38th pick / 1955
KR Ollie Matson*+ 26 4 0 13 kick returns for a 27.8 average and 1 td Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 3rd pick / 1952

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
87 Charlie Anderson 23 2 0 230 6-0 Louisiana Tech 9/2/1933 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 15th / 173rd pick / 1956
49 Frank Bernardi 23 PR 12 0 181 5-9 Colorado 6/17/1933 1 Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 38th pick / 1955
82 Tom Bienemann 28 8 0 221 6-3 Drake 1/28/1928 5 Chicago Cardinals / 11th / 127th pick / 1951
83 Max Boydston 24 RE 12 0 210 6-2 Oklahoma 1/22/1932 1 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1955
57 Carl Brettschneider 25 RLB 12 0 223 6-1 Iowa St. 12/2/1931 Rook
37 Hardy Brown 32 8 0 193 6-0 SMU,Tulsa 5/8/1924 8 New York Giants / 12th / 104th pick / 1947
22 Alex Burl 25 8 0 185 5-10 Colorado St. 8/8/1931 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 30th / 350th pick / 1954
35 Joe Childress 23 11 0 202 6-0 Auburn 10/26/1933 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 7th pick / 1956
40 Lindon Crow* 23 RDH 12 0 195 6-1 USC 4/4/1933 1 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 14th pick / 1955
71 Tom Dahms 29 LT 12 0 242 6-5 San Diego St. 4/19/1927 5
76 Burt Delavan 27 2 0 236 6-2 Menlo,Pacific 12/2/1929 1 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 85th pick / 1952
62 John Dittrich 23 RG 12 0 236 6-1 Wisconsin 5/7/1933 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 6th / 70th pick / 1956
41 Jimmy Hill 28 RS 12 0 192 6-2 Sam Houston St. 6/27/1928 1
64 Doug Hogland 25 LG 12 0 245 6-4 Oregon St. 5/8/1931 3 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 93rd pick / 1953
65 Ed Husmann 25 MG 12 0 245 6-2 Nebraska 8/6/1931 3 Chicago Cardinals / 9th / 99th pick / 1953
76 Harry Jagielski 25 4 0 257 6-0 Indiana 12/25/1931 Rook Washington Redskins / 7th / 80th pick / 1954
70 Jack Jennings 30 RT 12 0 245 6-4 Ohio St. 2/23/1926 6 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1950
67 Bob Konovsky 22 12 0 246 6-2 Wisconsin 8/19/1934 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 77th pick / 1956
81 Night Train Lane*+ 27 LDH 12 0 194 6-1 West. Nebraska CC-Scottsbluff 4/16/1929 4
47 Woodley Lewis 31 LS 12 0 185 6-0 Oregon 6/14/1925 6 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 103rd pick / 1950
44 Dave Mann 24 P 12 0 190 6-1 Oregon St. 6/2/1932 1 Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 74th pick / 1954
33 Ollie Matson*+ 26 KR 12 0 220 6-2 San Francisco 5/1/1930 4 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 3rd pick / 1952
8 Lamar McHan 24 QB 12 10 201 6-1 Arkansas 12/16/1932 2 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1954
86 Gern Nagler 24 8 0 190 6-2 Santa Clara 2/23/1932 3 Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1953
36 Johnny Olszewski 26 FB 11 0 200 5-11 California 12/21/1930 3 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1953
75 Tony Pasquesi 23 LDT 11 0 250 6-4 Notre Dame 6/13/1933 1 Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1955
12 John Roach 23 8 0 197 6-4 SMU 3/26/1933 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 31st pick / 1956
17 Jim Root 25 qb 9 2 185 6-1 Miami (OH) 8/17/1931 3 Chicago Cardinals / 23rd / 268th pick / 1953
51 Leo Sanford* 27 LLB 12 0 224 6-1 Louisiana Tech 10/4/1929 5 Chicago Cardinals / 8th / 90th pick / 1951
50 Jack Simmons* 32 C 12 0 236 6-4 Maryland,Detroit Mercy 10/8/1924 8 Detroit Lions / 22nd / 207th pick / 1946
24 Julian Spence 27 8 0 170 5-11 Sam Houston St. 5/5/1929 Rook
80 Don Stonesifer 29 LE 12 0 200 6-0 Northwestern 1/29/1927 5 Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 30th pick / 1951
84 Leo Sugar 27 LDE 12 0 214 6-1 Purdue 4/6/1929 2 Chicago Cardinals / 11th / 123rd pick / 1952
85 Pat Summerall 26 K 12 0 228 6-4 Arkansas 5/10/1930 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1952
74 Len Teeuws 29 RDT 12 0 242 6-5 Tulane 4/19/1927 4 Los Angeles Rams / 25th / 301st pick / 1952
72 Chuck Ulrich 27 5 0 250 6-4 Illinois 12/14/1929 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 41st pick / 1952
89 Chuck Weber 26 5 0 229 6-1 West Chester 3/25/1930 1
55 Stan West 30 11 0 235 6-2 Oklahoma 9/22/1926 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 12th pick / 1950
Team Total 26.1 12 216.4 6-1.6 2.6