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1939 Detroit Lions

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6-5-0, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1939 NFL Season Summary

Scored 145 points (13.2/g), 6th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 150 points (13.6/g), 3rd.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.5/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 5.3-5.7.

Coach: Gus Henderson (6-5-0)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

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
TB Dwight Sloan 25 1 1 79 rushes for 225 yards, 4 td, & 0 catches for 0 yards and 0 td Chicago Cardinals / 10th / 85th pick / 1938
FB Bill Shepherd 28 4 10 105 rushes for 420 yards, 2 td, & 14 catches for 143 yards and 1 td
BB Fred Vanzo* 23 1 10 5 rushes for 46 yards, 0 td, & 4 catches for 110 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1938
WB Lloyd Cardwell 26 2 8 29 rushes for 141 yards, 1 td, & 13 catches for 250 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1937
LE Monk Moscrip 26 1 10 14 catches for 176 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for 8 yards and 0 td Brooklyn Dodgers / 9th / 76th pick / 1936
LT Jack Johnson* 30 5 9
LG Socko Wiethe+ 27 Rook 11
C Alex Wojciechowicz 24 1 11 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1938
RG Bill Feldhaus 27 2 10
RT Ray George* 23 Rook 11 Detroit Lions / 10th / 87th pick / 1939
RE Chuck Hanneman 25 2 10 12 catches for 257 yards, 2 td
 Special Teams Starters
K Chuck Hanneman 25 2 10 4 of 5 field goals & 5 of 5 extra points
P Johnny Pingel 23 Rook 8 32 punts for a 42.8 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1939
PR Jim Austin 26 2 1
KR Jim Austin 26 2 1

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
Jim Austin 26 KR 10 1 199 6-2 St. Mary's (CA) 9/10/1913 2
Connie Mack Berry 24 3 0 215 6-3 North Carolina St. 4/19/1915 Rook
Hal Brill 25 2 0 175 5-10 Wichita St. 3/26/1914 Rook
Tony Calvelli 24 7 0 189 5-10 Stanford 7/16/1915 Rook Detroit Lions / 11th / 97th pick / 1939
Lloyd Cardwell 26 WB 10 8 195 6-2 Nebraska 4/19/1913 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1937
Ray Clemons 27 6 0 215 6-0 Central Oklahoma 6/4/1912 Rook
Dave Diehl 21 e 3 1 195 6-0 Michigan St. 9/30/1918 Rook
Bill Feldhaus 27 RG 10 10 226 6-0 Cincinnati 12/8/1912 2
Ray George* 23 RT 11 11 229 6-0 USC 1/7/1916 Rook Detroit Lions / 10th / 87th pick / 1939
Gordon Gore 26 hb 7 1 215 6-0 SW Oklahoma St. 6/28/1913 Rook
Ray Hamilton 23 8 0 212 6-4 Arkansas 1/21/1916 1 Cleveland Rams / 6th / 41st pick / 1938
Chuck Hanneman 25 K 10 10 220 6-0 East. Michigan 9/26/1914 2
Elvin Hutchison 27 2 0 195 6-0 Whittier 10/14/1912 Rook
Jack Johnson* 30 LT 10 9 216 6-4 Utah 11/28/1909 5
Steve Maronic 22 t 10 2 225 6-0 North Carolina 5/30/1917 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 37th pick / 1939
Phil Martinovich 24 4 0 220 5-10 Pacific 2/9/1915 Rook
Jim McDonald 24 9 0 193 6-1 Ohio St. 6/9/1915 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 2nd pick / 1938
Bill Moore 27 9 0 195 6-1 North Carolina 2/4/1912 Rook
Monk Moscrip 26 LE 11 10 195 6-0 Stanford 9/17/1913 1 Brooklyn Dodgers / 9th / 76th pick / 1936
Johnny Pingel 23 P 9 8 176 6-0 Michigan St. 11/6/1916 Rook Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1939
Bill Radovich 24 g 11 1 238 5-10 USC 6/24/1915 1
Bill Rogers 26 9 0 243 5-11 Villanova 6/24/1913 1
Kent Ryan 24 hb 6 2 193 6-2 Utah St. 2/2/1915 1
Bill Shepherd 28 FB 11 10 198 5-9 West. Maryland 12/4/1911 4
Dwight Sloan 25 TB 10 1 180 5-10 Arkansas 4/7/1914 1 Chicago Cardinals / 10th / 85th pick / 1938
Dixie Stokes 26 1 0 205 6-0 Centenary 8/24/1913 2
Paul Szakash 26 e 11 1 213 6-0 Montana 5/5/1913 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 56th pick / 1938
Cal Thomas 24 5 0 210 6-2 Tulsa 7/1/1915 Rook
Tony Tonelli 22 9 0 210 6-0 USC 9/1/1917 Rook Detroit Lions / 19th / 177th pick / 1939
Darrell Tully 22 tb 9 2 200 6-1 Texas A&M-Commerce 12/14/1917 Rook Detroit Lions / 7th / 57th pick / 1939
Fred Vanzo* 23 BB 10 10 230 6-2 Northwestern 1/8/1916 1 New York Giants / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1938
Howie Weiss 22 fb 9 1 210 6-0 Wisconsin 10/12/1917 Rook Detroit Lions / 3rd / 22nd pick / 1939
John Wiatrak 26 1 0 220 6-0 Washington 3/30/1913 Rook Cleveland Rams / 4th / 40th pick / 1937
Socko Wiethe+ 27 LG 11 11 198 6-0 Xavier (OH) 10/17/1912 Rook
Alex Wojciechowicz 24 C 11 11 217 5-11 Fordham 8/12/1915 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1938
Team Total 24.8 11 207.6 6-0.3 0.8