Joe Guyon

Joe Guyon

Joe Guyon
No. 11
10 (1922)
26 (1923)
Personal information
Date of birth: (1892-11-26)November 26, 1892
Place of birth: White Earth, Minnesota
Date of death: November 27, 1971(1971-11-) (aged 79)
Place of death: Louisville, Kentucky
Career information
College: Carlisle Indian
Georgia Tech
Debuted in 1920 for the Canton Bulldogs
Last played in 1927 for the New York Giants
Career history
Career highlights and awards


Career NFL statistics
Touchdowns 10
Games played 46
Stats at

Joseph Napoleon Guyon (Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

Early life

Guyon was an American Indian from the Ojibwa tribe (Chippewa) and was born on the White Earth Indian Reservation in White Earth, Minnesota.[1] He received only a sixth-grade education from the American government.[1]

Football career


Guyon attended and played college football at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School from 1912 to 1913 under head coach Pop Warner.[2] While at Carlisle, the school had season records of 12–1–1, 11–2–1, scored 504 points one year, 295 another, and Guyon was honored as a halfback on Walter Camp's second-team All-America Team.[2] From 1914 to 1916, he attended the Keewatin Academy in Chicago, Illinois.[2]

Guyon then attended and played football at [2] Guyon was a unanimous selection for an Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era.[3]


Guyon signed to play professional football with the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, Oorang Indians, Rock Island Independents, Kansas City Cowboys, and the New York Giants. From 1919 to 1924, he teamed with another outstanding Indian halfback, Jim Thorpe. They parted ways late in the 1924 season when Guyon left the Independents to go to Kansas City. He stayed with the Cowboys in 1925 while Thorpe went to the Giants.[1]

Then in 1927, Guyon joined the Giants and helped lead the team to the 1927 NFL Championship.[1]


Guyon coached high school football at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky from 1931 to 1933, with a 16–7–2 record.[2]

Baseball career


Guyon had previously hit over .340 three consecutive years for the Louisville Colonels in the American Association, which at AA, was at the highest classification of the era. His playing career as an outfielder extended from 1920 through 1936 with a break during his college coaching career.


Guyon was the head coach of the Clemson Tigers baseball team at Clemson University from 1928 to 1931. He managed the Anderson Electrics in the Palmetto League in 1931, the Asheville Tourists in 1932, and the Fieldale Towlers in 1936.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Joe Guyon's HOF Profile".  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Joe Guyon's College HOF Profile".  
  3. ^ "All-Time Football Team Lists Greats Of Past, Present". Gadsden Times. July 27, 1969. 

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