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3-11-0, Finished 3rd in AFL West Division  · 1961 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -11.3, Offense: -5.7, Defense: -5.6, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 251 points (17.9/g), 7th of 8 in the AFL. Allowed 432 points (30.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of -181 points (-12.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 3.0-11.0.

Coach: Frank Filchock (3-11-0)

Stadium: Bears Stadium
 Training Camp: Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Frank Tripucka 34 12 11 167 for 344, 1,690 yards, 10 td, 21 int, & 4 rushes for -8 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 9th pick / 1949
HB Donnie Stone* 24 Rook 0 127 rushes for 505 yards, 4 td, & 38 catches for 344 yards and 4 td Chicago Bears / 21st / 249th pick / 1959
FB Fred Bukaty 25 Rook 0 76 rushes for 187 yards, 5 td, & 14 catches for 94 yards and 0 td
FL Al Frazier 26 Rook 0 47 catches for 799 yards, 6 td, & 23 rushes for 110 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 20th / 240th pick / 1957
SE Lionel Taylor*+ 26 2 0 100 catches for 1,176 yards, 4 td
TE Gene Prebola 23 1 0 29 catches for 349 yards, 1 td Detroit Lions / 19th / 219th pick / 1960
LT John Mattox 23 Rook 0
LG Ken Adamson*+ 23 1 0
C Mike Nichols 23 1 0
RG Carl Larpenter 25 1 0
RT Eldon Danenhauer 26 1 0
 Defensive Starters
LDE John Cash 25 Rook 0
LDT Bud McFadin*+ 33 9 0 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1951
RDT Gordy Holz 28 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 23rd / 270th pick / 1955
RDE Chuck Gavin 28 1 0
LLB Bob Hudson 31 10 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 12th / 146th pick / 1951
MLB Wahoo McDaniel 23 1 0
RLB Jerry Stalcup 23 1 0 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 62nd pick / 1960
LCB Bob McNamara 30 1 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 9th / 107th pick / 1953
RCB Jim McMillin 22 Rook 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
LS Phil Nugent 22 Rook 0 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 40th pick / 1961
Denver Broncos / 9th / 65th pick / 1961
RS Goose Gonsoulin* 23 1 0 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 203rd pick / 1960
 Special Teams Starters
K Jack Hill 29 Rook 0 5 of 15 field goals & 16 of 16 extra points Baltimore Colts / 13th / 151st pick / 1956
P George Herring 27 1 3 80 punts for a 39.4 average, 0 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 16th / 184th pick / 1956
PR Al Frazier 26 Rook 0 18 punt returns for a 12.8 average and 1 td Chicago Bears / 20th / 240th pick / 1957
KR Al Frazier 26 Rook 0 18 kick returns for a 28.0 average and 1 td Chicago Bears / 20th / 240th pick / 1957

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
60 Ken Adamson*+ 23 LG 14 0 235 6-2 Notre Dame 10/12/1938 1 7
22 Buddy Allen 24 1 0 193 5-11 Utah St. 7/11/1937 Rook 0
22 Dave Ames 24 7 0 185 6-0 Richmond 1/16/1937 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 186th pick / 1960
52 Jim Barton 27 14 0 250 6-5 Marshall 6/12/1934 1 2
33 Fred Bukaty 25 FB 14 0 195 5-11 Kansas 2/13/1936 Rook 2
40 Al Carmichael 33 6 0 200 6-1 USC 11/10/1928 8 0 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1953
66 John Cash 25 LDE 14 0 240 6-3 Allen 8/5/1936 Rook 6
75 Eldon Danenhauer 26 RT 14 0 245 6-5 Emporia St.,Pittsburg St. 10/4/1935 1 3
62 Jim Eifrid 23 1 0 240 6-1 Colorado St. 10/22/1938 Rook 2 Washington Redskins / 11th / 124th pick / 1960
40 Dale Evans 22 5 0 210 6-3 Kansas St. 9/10/1939 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 6th / 41st pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 78th pick / 1961
42 Al Frazier 26 FL 14 0 180 5-11 Florida A&M 5/28/1935 Rook 9 Chicago Bears / 20th / 240th pick / 1957
61 Chuck Gavin 28 RDE 8 0 250 6-1 Tennessee St. 12/26/1933 1 5
23 Goose Gonsoulin* 23 RS 14 0 210 6-3 Baylor 6/7/1938 1 8 San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 203rd pick / 1960
63 Buzz Guy 25 9 0 248 6-3 Duke 3/20/1936 3 2 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 34th pick / 1958
71 Art Hauser 32 14 0 237 6-0 Xavier (OH) 6/19/1929 7 3 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 58th pick / 1954
16 George Herring 27 P 14 3 200 6-2 Southern Miss 6/18/1934 1 -1 San Francisco 49ers / 16th / 184th pick / 1956
84 Jack Hill 29 K 14 0 185 6-1 Utah St. 10/17/1932 Rook 1 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 151st pick / 1956
74 Gordy Holz 28 RDT 14 0 260 6-4 Minnesota 5/24/1933 1 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 23rd / 270th pick / 1955
53 Bob Hudson 31 LLB 14 0 225 6-4 Clemson 4/5/1930 10 6 New York Giants / 12th / 146th pick / 1951
73 Bob Konovsky 27 13 0 246 6-2 Wisconsin 8/19/1934 5 2 Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 77th pick / 1956
50 Pat Lamberti 24 7 0 225 6-2 Richmond 9/1/1937 Rook 3 Chicago Cardinals / 13th / 146th pick / 1959
77 Carl Larpenter 25 RG 14 0 235 6-4 Texas 7/1/1936 1 3
76 John Mattox 23 LT 8 0 240 6-4 Fresno St. 8/3/1938 Rook 3
54 Wahoo McDaniel 23 MLB 14 0 235 6-1 Oklahoma 6/19/1938 1 6
64 Bud McFadin*+ 33 LDT 14 0 260 6-3 Texas 8/21/1928 9 10 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1951
45 Jim McMillin 22 RCB 14 0 190 6-0 Colorado St. 9/18/1939 Rook 6
41 Bob McNamara 30 LCB 14 0 190 6-0 Minnesota 8/12/1931 1 6 Cleveland Browns / 9th / 107th pick / 1953
21 Gene Mingo 23 10 0 216 6-2 none 9/22/1938 1 2
51 Mike Nichols 23 C 14 0 225 6-3 Ark-Monticello 7/29/1938 1 3
15 Phil Nugent 22 LS 12 0 195 6-2 Tulane 8/16/1939 Rook 6 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 40th pick / 1961
Denver Broncos / 9th / 65th pick / 1961
88 Gene Prebola 23 TE 14 0 225 6-3 Boston Univ. 6/30/1938 1 3 Detroit Lions / 19th / 219th pick / 1960
83 Johnny Pyeatt 28 3 0 204 6-3 none 9/16/1933 1 2
76 Leo Reed 21 4 0 240 6-4 Colorado St. 1/3/1940 Rook 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 20th / 274th pick / 1961
68 Bill Roehnelt 25 4 0 227 6-1 Bradley 6/4/1936 3 2 Chicago Bears / 19th / 219th pick / 1958
35 Jimmy Sears 30 2 0 183 5-11 USC 3/20/1931 7 2 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 62nd pick / 1953
67 Jackie Simpson 25 6 0 225 6-0 Mississippi 8/20/1936 Rook 2 Washington Redskins / 21st / 246th pick / 1958
20 Dan Smith 26 4 0 180 5-10 NE State (OK) 1/29/1935 Rook 2
62 Jerry Stalcup 23 RLB 8 0 240 6-1 Wisconsin 11/19/1938 1 5 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 62nd pick / 1960
36 James Stinnette 23 14 0 230 6-1 Oregon St. 12/3/1938 Rook 0
34 Donnie Stone* 24 HB 14 0 205 6-1 Arkansas 1/5/1937 Rook 6 Chicago Bears / 21st / 249th pick / 1959
72 Jerry Sturm 25 14 0 260 6-3 Illinois 12/31/1936 Rook 2
87 Lionel Taylor*+ 26 SE 14 0 215 6-2 New Mex. Highlands 8/15/1935 2 9
20 Jerry Traynham 22 2 0 190 5-10 USC 1/23/1939 Rook 0
18 Frank Tripucka 34 QB 14 11 192 6-2 Notre Dame 12/8/1927 12 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 9th pick / 1949
65 Joe Young 28 6 0 245 6-3 Marquette,Arizona 8/3/1933 1 2 Chicago Bears / 24th / 287th pick / 1955
Team Total 25.8 14 220.1 6-1.7 1.8