National Football League 1940s All-Decade Team

This is a list of all NFL players who had outstanding performances throughout the 1940s and have been compiled together into this fantasy group. The team was selected by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame retroactively in 1969 to mark the league's 50th anniversary.

All information can be Referenced at the Hall of Fame website[1]
Position Player College Team(s) Years Hall of Fame Class
Quarterback Baugh, Sammy Sammy Baugh TCU Washington Redskins 193752 1963
Luckman, Sid Sid Luckman Columbia Chicago Bears 193950 1965
Waterfield, Bob Bob Waterfield UCLA Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams 194552 1965
Halfback Canadeo, Tony Tony Canadeo Gonzaga Green Bay Packers 194144, 194652 1974
Dudley, Bill Bill Dudley Virginia Pittsburgh Steelers 1942, 194546 1966
Detroit Lions 194749
Washington Redskins 195051, 1953
McAfee, George George McAfee Duke Chicago Bears 194041, 19451950 1966
Trippi, Charley Charley Trippi Georgia Chicago Cardinals 194755 1968
Van Buren, Steve Steve Van Buren LSU Philadelphia Eagles 194451 1965
White , Byron "Whizzer" Byron "Whizzer" White Colorado Pittsburgh Steelers 1938 Not Inducted
Detroit Lions 194041
Fullback Harder, Pat Pat Harder Wisconsin Chicago Cardinals 194650 Not Inducted
Detroit Lions 195153
Motley, Marion Marion Motley South Carolina State
Cleveland Browns [1] 194653 1968
Pittsburgh Steelers 1955
Osmanski, Bill Bill Osmanski Holy Cross Chicago Bears 193943, 194647 Not Inducted
End Benton, Jim Jim Benton Arkansas Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams 193840, 194247 Not Inducted
Ferrante, Jack Jack Ferrante None Philadelphia Eagles 1941, 194450 Not Inducted
Kavanaugh, Ken Ken Kavanaugh LSU Chicago Bears 194041, 194550 Not Inducted
Lavelli, Dante Dante Lavelli Ohio State Cleveland Browns [1] 194656 1975
Pihos, Pete Pete Pihos Indiana Philadelphia Eagles 194755 1970
Speedie, Mac Mac Speedie Utah Cleveland Browns [1] 194652 Not Inducted [3]
Sprinkle, Ed Ed Sprinkle Hardin–Simmons
Chicago Bears 194455 Not Inducted
Tackle Blozis, Al Al Blozis Georgetown New York Giants 194244 Not Inducted
Connor, George George Connor Holy Cross
Notre Dame
Chicago Bears 194855 1975
Bucko Kilroy, Bucko Kilroy Temple Phil-Pitt Steagles [2] 1943 Not Inducted
Philadelphia Eagles 194555
Ray , Buford "Baby" Buford "Baby" Ray Vanderbilt Green Bay Packers 193848 Not Inducted
Sears, Vic Vic Sears Oregon State Philadelphia Eagles 194142, 194553 Not Inducted
Phil-Pitt Steagles [2] 1943
Wistert, Al Al Wistert Michigan Phil-Pitt Steagles [2] 1943 Not Inducted
Philadelphia Eagles 194451
Guard Banducci, Bruno Bruno Banducci Stanford Philadelphia Eagles 194445 Not Inducted
San Francisco 49ers [1] 194654
Edwards, Bill Bill Edwards Baylor New York Giants 194042 Not Inducted
Ramsey , Garrard "Buster" Garrard "Buster" Ramsey William & Mary Chicago Cardinals 194651 Not Inducted
Willis, BillBill Willis Ohio State Cleveland Browns [1] 194653 1977
Younce, LenLen Younce Oregon State New York Giants 1941, 194344, 194648 Not Inducted
Center Brock, Charley Charley Brock Nebraska Green Bay Packers 193947 Not Inducted
Turner , Clyde "Bulldog" Clyde "Bulldog" Turner Hardin Simmons Chicago Bears 194052 1966
Wojciechowicz, Alex Alex Wojciechowicz Fordham Detroit Lions 193846 1968
Philadelphia Eagles 194650


1 Team belonged to both the National Football Conference and the All-America Football Conference at different times
2 The Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers were merged into one team for the 1943 season due to World War II[2]
3 Three-time finalist to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame[3]


  1. "NFL's All Decade Team of the 1940's". Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  2. "A Look Back at the NFL's 1943 Steagles". Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  3. "Hall of Famers: Yearly Finalists". Retrieved 16 February 2013.
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