1926 NFL season

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1926 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 19 – December 19, 1926
Champions Frankford Yellow Jackets

The 1926 NFL season was the seventh regular season of the National Football League. The league grew to 22 teams, a figure that would not be equaled in professional football until 1961, adding the Brooklyn Lions, the Hartford Blues, the Los Angeles Buccaneers, and the Louisville Colonels, with Racine Tornadoes re-entering. Cleveland Bulldogs sat out the season, the Rock Island Independents defected to the upstart American Football League, and the Rochester Jeffersons suspended operations for the final time (eventually folding in early 1928). The Akron Pros re-branded as the Akron Indians, the Duluth Kelleys as the Duluth Eskimos and the Buffalo Bison as the Buffalo Rangers (the team also used the names "Texas Rangers" and "Buffalo Cowboys"). [ citation needed ].

National Football League Professional American football league

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.

Hartford Blues

The Hartford Blues of the National Football League played only in the 1926 NFL season, with a record of 3–7. The team was based in Hartford, Connecticut but played at the East Hartford Velodrome.

Los Angeles Buccaneers

The Los Angeles Buccaneers were a traveling team in the National Football League during the 1926 season, ostensibly representing the city of Los Angeles, California. Like the Los Angeles Wildcats of the first American Football League, the team never actually played a league game in Los Angeles. It was operated out of Chicago with players from California colleges.


The Buccaneers, Eskimos, Colonels and Buffalo Rangers were "showcase teams," the first efforts for the league to reach beyond the northeast and midwest. The Buccaneers, a response to the AFL's Los Angeles Wildcats, represented the state of California; the Eskimos the far northern plains, while the Colonels represented the Southern United States and the Rangers represented the state of Texas and other areas of the Southwestern United States.[ clarification needed ] The four teams (except the Rangers) all played primarily as traveling teams. Three of the four teams only lasted one season; the Buccaneers and Colonels both folded while the Rangers reverted to their previous status as the Bison, and only the Eskimos returned for 1927.

The Los Angeles Wildcats was a traveling team of the first American Football League that was not based in its nominal home city but in Chicago, Illinois. Coached by Jim Clark, the team was designed to be a showcase for University of Washington star back George “Wildcat” Wilson. Compared to most traveling teams in professional football, the Wildcats were successful, compiling a 6–6–2 record in the only season of the team’s – and the league’s – existence.

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In mid-November, Brooklyn merged with the AFL's Brooklyn Horsemen and stayed in the NFL, playing one more game as the Lions before changing its name to the Brooklyn Horsemen for the last three games (all shutout losses).

The Frankford Yellow Jackets were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record.

Frankford Yellow Jackets

The Frankford Yellow Jackets were a professional American football team, part of the National Football League from 1924 to 1931, though its origin dates back to as early as 1899 with the Frankford Athletic Association. The Yellow Jackets won the NFL championship in 1926. The team played its home games from 1923 in Frankford Stadium in Frankford, a section in the northeastern part of Philadelphia, noted for the subway-elevated transit line that terminates there.

Teams and head coaches

The league grew to 22 teams.

First season in NFL * Rejoined the NFL † Last active season ^
TeamHead coach(es)
Akron Indians ^ Al Nesser (2 games) and Frank Nied (6 games)
Brooklyn Lions *^ Punk Berryman
Buffalo Rangers Jim Kendrick
Canton Bulldogs ^ Pete Henry and Harry Robb (10 games)
Chicago Bears George Halas
Chicago Cardinals Norman Barry
Columbus Tigers ^ Jack Heldt
Dayton Triangles Carl Storck
Detroit Panthers ^ Jimmy Conzelman
Duluth Eskimos Dewey Scanlon
Frankford Yellow Jackets Guy Chamberlin
Green Bay Packers Curly Lambeau
Hammond Pros ^ Doc Young
Hartford Blues *^ Jack Keogh
Kansas City Cowboys ^ Roy Andrews
Los Angeles Buccaneers *^ Tut Imlay and Brick Muller
Louisville Colonels *^ Lenny Sachs
Milwaukee Badgers ^ Johnny Bryan
New York Giants Doc Alexander
Pottsville Maroons Dick Rauch
Providence Steam Roller Jim Laird
Racine Tornadoes †^ Shorty Barr (3 games) and Wally McIlwain (2 games)


NFL standings
Frankford Yellow Jackets 1412.93323649W6
Chicago Bears 1213.92321663L1
Pottsville Maroons 1022.83315529T1
Kansas City Cowboys 830.7277653W7
Green Bay Packers 733.70015161T1
New York Giants 841.66715161W3
Los Angeles Buccaneers 631.6676757L1
Duluth Eskimos 653.54511381L1
Buffalo Rangers 442.5005362T1
Chicago Cardinals 561.4557498L1
Providence Steam Roller 571.41789103L1
Detroit Panthers 462.40010760L3
Hartford Blues 370.3005799L1
Brooklyn Lions 380.27360150L3
Milwaukee Badgers 270.2224166L5
Dayton Triangles 141.2001582L2
Akron Indians 143.2002389T1
Racine Tornadoes 140.200892L4
Columbus Tigers 160.1432693L5
Canton Bulldogs 193.10046161L1
Hammond Pros 040.000356L4
Louisville Colonels 040.0000108L4

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

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