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156. Bill Osmanski

Coming to the NFL as the 6th Overall Pick in 1939, Bill Osmanski was a star at Holy Cross when that school was at their peak.  The Fullback had one of the best starts of anyone at his position as the Chicago Bear would lead the NFL in Rushing Yards with 699, and in the 1940 NFL Championship, he rushed for 100 Yards in their 73-0 rout over the Washington Redskins.  Osmanski would not have a year like that again, but he was still an integral part of the Bears and was a Pro Bowl Selection in his first three seasons.

In addition to that 1940 Championship, Osmanski helped the Bears with the 1941 and 1943 NFL Title.  Like many Americans in the NFL, he joined the military and missed years in the NFL due to World War II.  He returned for two more seasons (1946 & 1947), with 1946 seeing him win his fourth NFL Title.

Osmanski would be chosen for the 1940’s All-Decade Team.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1963
  • Position: Fullback
  • Played For: Chicago Bears
  • College: Arkansas Tech
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 6th Overall in 1939
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1939)

    Pro Bowl (1939, 1940 & 1941)

    Most Rushing Yards (1) (1939)

    Most Rushing Yards per Attempts (1) (1941)

    Most Rushing Yards per Game (1) (1939)

    NFL Championships (4) (Chicago Bears 1940, 1941, 1943 & 1946)
  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Attempts (1) (1939)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (2) (1939 & 1941)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (4) (1939, 1940, 1941 & 1946)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Attempt (3) (1939, 1941 & 1946)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Game (3) (1939, 1941, & 1946)

    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (3) (1939, 1941 & 1946)

    Top Ten Finishes: Points Scored (1) (1939)

    Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (2) (1939 & 1941)

    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (1) (1939)

    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Returns (1) (1946)

    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Return Yards (1) (1946)

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