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|born December 6, 1896 in Chicago , Illinois|
|died on September 5, 1971 in Los Angeles , California|
|Active : 1920 - 1932|
|College : University of Notre Dame|
|as a starter||100|
|Years of play||12|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame|
George Edward Trafton (born December 6, 1896 in Chicago , Illinois , USA , † September 5, 1971 in Los Angeles , California ), nicknamed The Brute , was an American football player and coach. He played as a center for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League (NFL).
Career as a player
Trafton played American football in Chicago high school . In 1918 he joined the US Army and was a captain of a military team. Under Head Coach Knute Rockne he played after his military service during his short studies at the University of Notre Dame for their football team , the Fighting Irish . Trafton was playing on a semi-professional football team at the same time, which was against the rules for college players. Rockne learned of this and removed him from the team. His studies ended after just one year without a degree.
Trafton signed a professional contract with the Decatur Staleys in 1920 and moved with this team from George Halas' trained team to Chicago the following year. In 1922 he stayed for a year and was a coach at Northwestern University , but then continued his career with the Bears. In 1931 and 1932 he was the captain of the Bears NFL champions . He ended his playing career in 1932. Trafton was the center who was the first player in this position to snap the ball with one hand at the quarterback . George Trafton was an exceptionally tough player who was despised by the players and supporters of the opposing teams.
Career as a coach
Trafton worked after his playing career as an assistant coach at various NFL clubs, such as the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams . George Trafton is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City , California.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Trafton, George Edward|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American football player and coach, Canadian football coach|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 6, 1896|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Chicago , Illinois , USA|
|DATE OF DEATH||5th September 1971|
|Place of death||Los Angeles , California|