1923 NFL season

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1923 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 30 – December 16, 1923
Champions Canton Bulldogs

The 1923 NFL season was the fourth regular season of the National Football League. For the first time, all of the clubs that were considered to be part of the NFL fielded teams. The new teams that entered the league included the Duluth Kelleys, the St. Louis All Stars (which only lasted one season), and a new Cleveland Indians team. The Evansville Crimson Giants folded from the league.

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The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

The Cleveland Bulldogs were a team that played in Cleveland, Ohio in the National Football League. They were originally called the Indians in 1923, not to be confused with the Cleveland Indians NFL franchise in 1922. However, after team owner Samuel Deutsch purchased the Canton Bulldogs in 1924, he merged the Canton team with his Indians and renamed his franchise the Cleveland Bulldogs. The Canton Bulldogs remained a part of the team until 1925, when they were sold back to Canton. The Cleveland Bulldogs played in the NFL until 1928 when they were relocated to Detroit and became the Detroit Wolverines. The team was later incorporated into the New York Giants in 1929. The Cleveland Bulldogs won the 1924 NFL championship.

The Evansville Crimson Giants were a professional American football team based in Evansville, Indiana and were a part of the National Football League in 1921 and 1922. The Giants home games were played at Bosse Field. According to the Evansville Courier and Press in 1921, 'they surprised local fans in developing a winning team' and 'the Giants' one-sided victories over inferior non-league teams has had good fan reaction.' However, the team did not succeed, mostly due to scheduling mistakes and management problems. Evansville's local sporting enthusiasts also failed to respond favorably and attend the home games.

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The Canton Bulldogs repeated as NFL Champions after ending the season with an 11–0–1 record.

The Canton Bulldogs were a professional American football team, based in Canton, Ohio. They played in the Ohio League from 1903 to 1906 and 1911 to 1919, and the American Professional Football Association, from 1920 to 1923 and again from 1925 to 1926. The Bulldogs would go on to win the 1916, 1917 and 1919 Ohio League championships. They were the NFL champions in 1922 and 1923. In 1921–1923, the Bulldogs played 25 straight games without a defeat, which as of 2018 remains an NFL record. As a result of the Bulldogs' early success along with the league being founded in the city, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton. Jim Thorpe, the Olympian and renowned all-around athlete, was Canton's most-recognized player in the pre-NFL era.

Teams and head coaches

Twenty teams competed in the NFL during the 1923 season.

First season in NFL *Team folded this season ^ Last season before hiatus, rejoined league later §
First season in NFL, and then folded after this season *^
TeamHead coach(es)
Akron Pros Dutch Hendrian (5 games) and Wayne Brenkert (2 games)
Buffalo All-Americans Tommy Hughitt
Canton Bulldogs § Guy Chamberlin
Chicago Bears George Halas
Chicago Cardinals Arnie Horween
Cleveland Indians * Cap Edwards
Columbus Tigers Gus Tebell (3 games) and Gaylord Stinchcomb (7 games)
Dayton Triangles Carl Storck
Duluth Kelleys * Joey Sternaman
Green Bay Packers Curly Lambeau
Hammond Pros Wally Hess
Louisville Brecks ^ Jim Kendrick
Milwaukee Badgers Jimmy Conzelman
Minneapolis Marines Harry Mehre
Oorang Indians ^ Jim Thorpe
Racine Legion Babe Ruetz
Rochester Jeffersons Leo Lyons
Rock Island Independents Herb Sies
St. Louis All-Stars *^ Ollie Kraehe
Toledo Maroons ^ Guil Falcon

Standings

NFL standings
WLTPCTPFPASTK
Canton Bulldogs 11011.00024619W5
Chicago Bears 921.81812335W1
Green Bay Packers 721.7788534W5
Milwaukee Badgers 723.77810049W1
Cleveland Indians 313.7505249L1
Chicago Cardinals 840.66716156L1
Duluth Kelleys 430.5713533L3
Buffalo All-Americans 543.5569443L1
Columbus Tigers 541.55611935L1
Toledo Maroons 332.5003566L1
Racine Legion 442.5008676W1
Rock Island Independents 233.4008462L1
Minneapolis Marines 252.2864881L1
St. Louis All-Stars 142.2002574L1
Hammond Pros 151.1671459L4
Akron Pros 160.1432574W1
Dayton Triangles 161.1431695L2
Oorang Indians 1100.09150257W1
Louisville Brecks 030.000090L3
Rochester Jeffersons 040.0006141L4

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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