Jake Lanum

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Jake Lanum
QB , HB , FB
Jersey number (s):
born on September 13, 1896 in Champaign , Illinois
died on March 19, 1968 in Homewood , Illinois
Career information
Active : 1920 - 1924
College : Millikin University , University of Illinois
Career statistics
Games     44
as a starter     22nd
Touchdown     1
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Career highlights and awards

Ralph Lewis "Jake" Lanum (born September 13, 1896 in Champaign , Illinois , USA ; † March 19, 1968 in Homewood , Illinois) was an American football player . He played in the National Football League (NFL) with the Chicago Bears .

George Halas, 1919
Chicago Bears, 1924


Jake Lanum graduated from Millikin University and the University of Illinois . In 1918 he was recognized by the University of Illinois for his athletic achievements. In 1920 Lanum signed a professional contract with the Decatur Staleys , which belonged to the newly formed APFL , the predecessor of the NFL and were renamed the Chicago Staleys in 1921 and later the Chicago Bears. Head coach of the Chicago team was George Halas , who also played for the team. As was customary at the time, Lanum was used both in defense and offense , but was mainly given fullback time . In 1920 the Staleys finished second in the table, and Lanum won the NFL championship with his team in the following year . After the 1924 season, Jake Lanum ended his career. He then worked in the oil industry and was buried in the Assumption Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum in Glenwood , Illinois.

Individual evidence

  1. Annual statistics of the Staleys 1920
  2. Annual statistics of the Staleys 1921
  3. Jake Lanum's grave in the Find a Grave database

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