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11. Tuffy Leemans

After a good college run at George Washington, the New York Giants drafted Tuffy Leemans in 1936, where he would have an eight-year career with the New York Giants.

Like many NFL players of the 30s and 40s, Leemans played multiple positions on both sides of the ball (FB, TB, DB, QB), and he was exceptional at all of them.  As a rookie, Leemans led the NFL in Rushing Yards (830), and he was second in that stat in 1938, the same season he led the Giants to an NFL Championship.  Leemans also helped New York reach the Championship Game in 1939 and 1941.

Leemans, who was named to the 1930s All-Decade Team, was involved in more passing in the 1940s, finishing ninth in Passing Yards, each year from 1941 to 1943.  Defensively, he also recorded four Interceptions over his career.

Leemans entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, and in 1940, his number 4 was retired by the team. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive Back, Fullback, Quarterback, Tail Back
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 18th Overall in the NFL Draft 2/8/36.
  • Departed:

    Retired after the 1943 Season.

  • Games Played: 80
  • Notable Statistics:

    37 Games Started
    919 Rushing Attempts
    3,132 Rushing Yards
    17 Rushing Touchdowns
    28 Receptions
    422 Receiving Yards
    3 Receiving Touchdowns
    167 Pass Completions
    383 Pass Attempts
    43.6 Pass Completion Percentage
    2,318 Passing Yards
    25 Passing Touchdowns
    32 Interceptions
    50.6 Passer Rating
    19 Punt Returns
    262 Punt Return Yards
    5 Kick Returns
    77 Kick Return Yards
    4 Interceptions
    35 Interception Return Yards

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NFL Champion(1938)
    First Team All-Pro (1939)
    Second Team All-Pro (1941 & 1942)
    Pro Bowl (1938 & 1941)
    Most Rushing Attempts (1936)
    Most Rushing Yards (1936)
    Most Rushing Yards per Game (1936 & 1940)

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