Heartley Anderson

Heartley Anderson
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1898-09-22)September 22, 1898
Calumet, Michigan
Died April 24, 1978(1978-04-24) (aged 79)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Playing career
1918–1921 Notre Dame
1922–1923 Chicago Bears
1923 Cleveland Indians
1924–1925 Chicago Bears
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1927 Notre Dame (assistant)
1928–1929 Saint Louis
1930 Notre Dame (line)
1931–1933 Notre Dame
1934–1936 NC State
1937 Michigan (line)
1939 Detroit Lions (assistant)
1942–1945 Chicago Bears
Head coaching record
Overall 34–34–4 (college)
24–12 (NFL)
Accomplishments and honors
NFL 1920s All-Decade Team
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1974 (profile)

Heartley William "Hunk" Anderson (September 22, 1898 – April 24, 1978) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the Saint Louis University (1928–1929), University of Notre Dame (1931–1933), and North Carolina State University (1934–1936), compiling a career college football record of 34–34–4. From 1942 to 1945 Anderson was the head coach for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), tallying a mark of 24–12 and winning the 1943 NFL Championship.

From 1918 to 1921, Anderson played as a guard for the Notre Dame football team, under coach Knute Rockne. From 1922 to 1926, he played for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Bears. In 1939, he coached for the Detroit Lions.

Anderson was born in Calumet, Michigan and attended Calumet High School. He was 5'11" and weighed 170 lbs. Anderson was named to the National Football League 1920s All-Decade Team, and is only one of two players on the list not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1974.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Saint Louis Billikens (Independent) (1928–1929)
1928 Saint Louis 4–4–1
1929 Saint Louis 3–4–1
Saint Louis: 7–8–1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent) (1931–1933)
1931 Notre Dame 6–2–1
1932 Notre Dame 7–2
1933 Notre Dame 3–5–2
Notre Dame: 16–9–2
NC State Wolfpack (Southern Conference) (1934–1936)
1934 NC State 2–6–1 1–3–1 8th
1935 NC State 6–4 2–2 T–5th
1936 NC State 3–7 2–4 12th
NC State: 11–17–1
Total: 34–34–4


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
CHI1942 6001.0001st in NFL Western 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Giants in NFL Championship Game.
CHI1943 811.8501st in NFL Western 1 0 1.000 1943 NFL Champions
CHI1944 631.6502nd in NFL Western
CHI1945 370.3004th in NFL Western
CHI Total 23 11 2 .667
Total 23 11 2 .667


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