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1944 Detroit Lions

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6-3-1, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1944 NFL Season Summary

Scored 216 points (21.6/g), 4th of 11 in the NFL. Allowed 151 points (15.1/g), 4th.
 Differential of 65 points (6.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 7.0-3.0.

Coach: Gus Dorais (6-3-1)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: West Shore Golf Club (Grosse Ile Township, 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 Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 1 9 150 rushes for 563 yards, 6 td, & 0 catches for 0 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1943
FB Bob Westfall 25 Rook 10 65 rushes for 277 yards, 3 td, & 16 catches for 218 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th pick / 1942
BB Bill Callihan 28 4 10 1 rush for 3 yards, 0 td, & 8 catches for 67 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 9th / 77th pick / 1939
WB Art Van Tone 26 1 8 25 rushes for 30 yards, 1 td, & 9 catches for 237 yards and 4 td
LE Dave Diehl 26 5 10 18 catches for 426 yards, 4 td
LT Stan Batinski 27 3 8
LG John Greene 24 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 5th / 35th pick / 1944
C Alex Wojciechowicz 29 6 10 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1938
RG Al Kaporch 31 1 10
RT Luke Lindon 29 Rook 10 Cleveland Rams / 20th / 185th pick / 1940
RE Jack Matheson 24 1 10 23 catches for 361 yards, 3 td
 Special Teams Starters
K Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 1 9 2 of 8 field goals & 24 of 30 extra points Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1943
P Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 1 9 45 punts for a 41.0 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1943
PR Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 1 9 11 punt returns for a 13.5 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1943
KR Art Van Tone 26 1 8 9 kick returns for a 25.2 average and 1 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
Tony Aiello 23 4 0 165 5-6 Youngstown St. 4/28/1921 Rook
Stan Batinski 27 LT 9 8 215 5-10 Temple 3/4/1917 3
Paul Blessing 25 8 0 215 6-4 Nebraska-Kearney 1/6/1919 Rook
Harry Bolton 25 1 0 280 6-3 Oklahoma St. 3/24/1919 Rook
Bill Callihan 28 BB 10 10 217 6-3 Nebraska 5/15/1916 4 Detroit Lions / 9th / 77th pick / 1939
Wayne Clark 26 8 0 210 6-3 Utah 4/13/1918 Rook
Joe D'Orazio 30 t 5 1 220 5-11 Ithaca 10/5/1914 Rook
Fred Dawley 23 2 0 190 5-9 Michigan 3/11/1921 Rook
Dave Diehl 26 LE 10 10 195 6-0 Michigan St. 9/30/1918 5
Ed Eiden 23 1 0 205 6-0 Scranton 11/16/1921 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 272nd pick / 1944
Tony Furst 26 2 0 217 6-1 Dayton 4/26/1918 4
John Greene 24 LG 9 5 210 6-0 Michigan 4/21/1920 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 35th pick / 1944
Elmer Hackney 28 fb 10 1 205 6-2 Kansas St. 7/8/1916 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 92nd pick / 1940
Dale Hansen 23 2 0 223 6-3 Michigan St. 1/27/1921 Rook
Al Kaporch 31 RG 10 10 215 5-10 St. Bonaventure 10/6/1913 1
Bob Keene 25 b 10 2 185 5-10 Detroit Mercy 8/26/1919 1
Tom Kennedy 24 2 0 218 6-0 Wayne State (MI) 6/4/1920 Rook
Sonny Liles 25 9 0 188 5-8 Oklahoma St. 8/9/1919 1
Luke Lindon 29 RT 10 10 243 5-10 Kentucky 6/23/1915 Rook Cleveland Rams / 20th / 185th pick / 1940
Jackie Lowther 22 8 0 165 5-8 Detroit Mercy 12/27/1922 Rook Detroit Lions / 8th / 72nd pick / 1945
Jack Matheson 24 RE 10 10 221 6-2 West. Michigan 6/9/1920 1
Ed Opalewski 25 lt 9 5 230 6-3 East. Michigan 11/11/1919 1
Freeman Rexer 26 6 0 211 6-1 Tulane 6/18/1918 1
Bill Rogers 31 2 0 243 5-11 Villanova 6/24/1913 6
Ernie Rosteck 22 9 0 218 6-1 none 5/12/1922 1
Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 K 10 9 190 5-11 Georgia 10/10/1920 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1943
George Sirochman 26 g 9 1 215 6-2 Duquesne 3/23/1918 2
Buzz Trebotich 24 10 0 208 5-10 St. Mary's (CA) 12/30/1920 Rook
Art Van Tone 26 KR 10 8 185 5-10 Southern Miss 9/30/1918 1
Bob Westfall 25 FB 10 10 190 5-8 Michigan 5/5/1919 Rook Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th pick / 1942
Alex Wojciechowicz 29 C 10 10 217 5-11 Fordham 8/12/1915 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1938
Team Total 25.6 10 210.0 5-11.7 1.4