George McAfee

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George McAfee
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McAfee as a player in the Bears
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born March 13, 1918 in Corbin , Kentucky
died on March 4, 2009 in Durham , North Carolina
Career information
Active : 1940 - 1950
NFL Draft : 1940 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
College : Duke University
Career statistics
Games     75
Touchdown     39
The space gained by running     1,685 yards
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Career highlights and awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

George Anderson McAfee ( nickname : "One Play"; born March 13, 1918 in Corbin , Kentucky , USA ; † March 4, 2009 in Durham , North Carolina ) was an American football player . He played in the National Football League (NFL) with the Chicago Bears .

Player career

College career

George McAfee visited in Ironton , Ohio , the High School . After graduating from school, he studied from 1937 to 1939 at Duke University , where he played mostly on the position of halfback American football. In 1937 and 1939 he was able to win the Conference Championship with his team . In 1938 he moved to the Rose Bowl with the team . There they lost to the University of Southern California 7: 3. McAfee, who played baseball and athletics in addition to American football , was voted All-American in 1939 .

Professional career

McAfee was drafted second in the first round by the Chicago Bears in 1940 . The team's coach was George Halas , who had managed to tie numerous all-star players such as Dan Fortmann and Joe Stydahar to the team. In his rookie year , McAfee became NFL champions with the team. They won in the final against the Washington Redskins 73-0 . McAfee, who was also used in defense , intercepted an interception and was able to carry the ball into the opposing end zone for a touchdown . In 1941 McAfee managed to win his second championship. In the NFL final, the New York Giants were defeated 37: 9 and McAfee was able to score a touchdown this time with one run.

Due to the Second World War , McAfee's career took a significant turn. He had to do his military service in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945 and could therefore not appear for the Bears. It was not until the 1945 season that McAfee was able to intervene again in the game. Due to a heel injury , he had little opportunity to prove his skills in the 1946 season. He could only contribute little to the 24:14 final victory of the Bears against the Giants. In 1950 McAfee ended his career.

McAfee wasn't just a dangerous halfback. He could also convince as a player in defense . So he managed to intercept 25 passes and thus achieve two touchdowns. The Bears also used him again and again as a punt returner . His career average of 12.8 yards was an NFL record for many years.


George McAfee played once in the Pro Bowl , the final game of the best players of the season. He was voted All-Pro three times . McAfee is a member of the NFL 1940's All-Decade Team , the Pro Football Hall of Fame , the Duke Sports Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame . His shirt number is no longer assigned by the Bears.

After the NFL career

George McAfee worked in the oil business after his gaming career. He was married and is buried in the Saint Stephens Episcopal Church Memorial Gardens in Durham.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Annual statistics of the Bears 1940
  2. ↑ Endgame statistics 1940
  3. Annual statistics of the Bears 1941
  4. ↑ Endgame statistics 1941
  5. Annual statistics of the Bears 1946
  6. ↑ Endgame statistics 1946