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68. Cecil Isbell

Usually, when you speak of a five-year career in any sport, you can't be talking about a great player.  Not very many people had a five-year run like Cecil Isbell.

Isbell was the 7th Overall Draft Pick by Green Bay in 1938, and as a rookie, he joined Arnie Herber in the Packers backfield.  Isbell was rushing more in the first two years, and back in those days, Tailbacks were often passing and rushing with similar frequency.  He would subsequently the Packers win the 1939 NFL Championship.

Isbell would take more of a passing role, and in 1941 and 1942, he would lead the NFL in Passing Yards and Passing Touchdowns, the last year seeing him be the first passer to throw for 2,000 Yards.  He would set the since broken record with 23 straight games with a Touchdown Pass.

He would retire after 1942, though not due to injury but due to beginning a coaching career.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1963
  • Position: Half Back, Tail Back
  • Games Played: 54
  • Notable Statistics: 411 Pass Completions
    818 Pass Attempts
    50.2 Pass Completion Percentage
    5,945 Passing Yards
    61 Touchdown Passes
    52 Interceptions
    72,6 Passer Rating
    422 Rushing Attempts
    1,522 Rushing Yards
    10 Rushing Touchdowns
    15 Receptions
    174 Receiving Yards
    9 Interceptions
    61 Interception Return Yards
    3 Extra Point Attempts
    3 Extra Points Made
    10 Punts
    327 Punting Yards
    4 Punt Returns
    33 Punt Return Yards
    6 Kick Returns
    95 Kick Return Yards

    3 Playoff Games
    13 Pass Completions
    26 Pass Attempts
    50.0 Pass Completion Percentage
    235 Passing Yards
    1 Touchdown Passes
    2 Interceptions
    91.0 Passer Rating
    35 Rushing Attempts
    38 Rushing Yards
    1 Reception
    22 Receiving Yards
    1 Punt
    0 Punting Yards
  • Played For: Green Bay Packers
  • College: Purdue
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 7th Overall in 1938
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NFL Championships (1) (Green Bay Packers 1939)
    NFL 1930s All-Decade Team
    First Team All-Pro (1941)
    Second Team All-Pro (1942)
    Pro Bowl (1938, 1939, 1941 & 1941)
    Most Pass Completions (1941 & 1942)
    Most Pass Attempts (1941)
    Most Passing Yards (1941 & 1942)
    Most Passing Touchdowns (1941 & 1942)
    Highest Passer Rating (1) (1942)
    Most Passing Yards per Game (2) (1941 & 1942)
    Most Rushing Yards per Attempt (1) (1938)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completions (5) (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 & 1942)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts (5) (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 & 1942)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (5) (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 & 1942)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (5) (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 & 1942)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Rating (3) (1940, 1941 & 1942)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (5) (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 & 1942)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (3) (1940, 1941 & 1942)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Attempts (1939 & 1940)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (1938 & 1939)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (1940)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Attempt (1938 & 1941)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Game (1938)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards from Scrimmage (1938)
    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (1938)

  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: 2020

Should Cecil Isbell be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 86.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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