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Russ Stein 1921.jpg
Position (s):
Offensive Line
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born April 21, 1896 in Warren , Ohio
died on June 1, 1970 , ibid
Career information
Active : 1922 - 1926
College : Washington & Jefferson College
Career statistics
Games     37
as a starter     33
Points     20th
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Russell "Russ" Frederick Stein (born April 21, 1896 in Warren , Ohio , USA ; † June 1, 1970 , ibid) was an American American football player . He played in the National Football League (NFL) , among others .


Russ and his younger brother Herb Stein both grew up in Niles , Ohio. Her parents were farmers . Both brothers enjoyed a strict upbringing. As was common for children who were growing up on a farm at the time, they too had to help with the field work. Nevertheless, they could both be in their hometown of Niles the high school visit where they played American football. In his school team, Russ Stein played as fullback , but also played in other positions.

Player career

College career

Russ Stein studied at Washington & Jefferson College . Stein was used in the college team in the offensive line , but also found time in the defense of the team. In 1921 he remained undefeated as team captain in the regular season with his team trained by Greasy Neale , which meant moving into the Rose Bowl . The game against the University of California ended 0-0. Russ Stein was named the game's MVP . Because of his athletic achievements, Stein was also honored with the election of All-American .

Professional career

Herb Stein played with his brother Herb as a professional for the Toledo Maroons in 1922 . After he suspended in 1923, the brothers joined the Frankford Yellow Jackets . Both moved to the Pottsville Maroons in 1925 .

In 1925 there was controversy in the NFL over winning the title. Both the Chicago Cardinals and the Maroons claimed the title for themselves. The Cardinals had won 11 games, lost two and played one game during the season. The Maroons, on the other hand, went away as winners in 12 of their own games, ten times. They won their game against the Cardinals 21: 7, with Herb Stein catching an interception . However, the von Stein team committed a (supposed) rule violation. The Maroons were the top NFL team in the eastern United States. They had beaten their arch-rivals, the Frankford Yellow Jackets in the regular season and had thus acquired the right to a friendly against an all-star team from the University of Notre Dame . This game was financially very lucrative, the team from South Bend wanted to play with numerous well-known college football stars like Harry Stuhldreher or Elmer Layden and this would have promised high audience income. The Maroons booked a larger stadium in Philadelphia to host the game. In order to prevent the Maroons against the University of Notre Dame there, the old team of Russ Stein started a regular season game on the same day and asserted its territorial claim with the NFL, whereupon the NFL warned the Maroons not to play the game in Philadelphia . The Maroons assumed they could ignore this warning (allegedly they were given permission to play the game in a phone call) and were immediately suspended from the NFL after their 9-7 win over the South Bend team and the Cardinals declared champions . Both brothers were used in the game and although the game was described by many football fans as one of the best games of all time, the NFL suspended the Maroons, which meant that they could no longer play their season. In the event of a victory in the last regular championship game against the Providence Steam Roller , which should have taken place one day after the game against the University of Notre Dame, they would no longer be overtaken and the championship title would undoubtedly no longer have been stolen from them.

In 1926 Russ moved to the Canton Bulldogs trained by Pete Henry and then ended his career.


Russ Stein was once voted All-Pro . He has been a member of the Washington & Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame since 1999 and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame since 1991.

According to the NFL

Russ Stein returned to Ohio. Both his brother and himself were successful business people. Russ Stein was 1941-1945 sheriff in Trumbull County . He was married and had four children. Until his death he wrote articles about the sport of football in the local newspaper.

Individual evidence

  1. Annual statistics of the Maroons 1925
  2. Russ Stein in the Washington & Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame
  3. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, List of Members ( Memento of the original from August 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 72 kB)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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