1926 Rock Island Independents season

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1926 Rock Island Independents season
Head coach Johnny Armstrong
Home field Browning Field
Results
Record 2–7–2 overall
2–6 in AFL
League place 7th in AFL

The 1926 Rock Island Independents season was their only season in the first American Football League, after jumping to the upstart league from the National Football League. The team finished 2–6 in league play and 2–7–2 overall, earning them seventh place in the league, the Independents struggled to bring in 5000 fans to its home games and later became a traveling team after having poor attendance in its first three games.[1] The AFL folded after the 1926 and the Independents did not rejoin the NFL, they instead played as a minor, semi-pro team in 1927, then folded.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 26, 1926 Los Angeles Wildcats W 7-3
2 October 3, 1926 New York Yankees L 26-0
3 October 10, 1926 Chicago Bulls W 7-3
4 October 17, 1926 at Cleveland Panthers L 23-7
5 October 23, 1926 at Philadelphia Quakers L 23-7
6 October 24, 1926 at Newark Bears T 0-0
7 October 31, 1926 at Brooklyn Horsemen Canceled
8 November 2, 1926 at New York Yankees L 35-0
9 November 6, 1926 at Philadelphia Quakers L 24-0
10 November 21, 1926 at Cleveland Panthers Canceled
11 November 21, 1926 at Chicago Bulls L 3-0
12 November 23, 1926 at Newark Bears Canceled
13 November 25, 1926 Clinton, Illinois Canceled
14 November 28, 1926 at Brooklyn Horsemen Canceled
15 December 4, 1926 at Boston Bulldogs Canceled
16 December 5, 1926 Clinton, Illinois L 6-3
17 December 12, 1926 Valley Junction A.C. T 0-0

League standings[edit]

Team W L T Pct. PF PA Head Coach[3]
Philadelphia Quakers 8 2 0 .800 93 52 Bob Folwell
New York Yankees 10 5 0 .667 212 82 Ralph Scott
Cleveland Panthers 3 2 0 .600 62 46 Roy Watts
Los Angeles Wildcats 6 6 2 .500 105 83 Jim Clark
Chicago Bulls 5 6 3 .455 88 69 Joey Sternaman
Boston Bulldogs 2 4 0 .333 20 81 Herb Treat
Rock Island Independents 2 6 1 .250 21 126 Johnny Armstrong
Brooklyn Horsemen 1 3 0 .250 25 68 Eddie McNeeley
Newark Bears 0 3 2 .000 7 26 Hal Hansen

References[edit]

  1. ^ David S. Neft, Richard M. Cohen, and Rick Korch, The Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of Professional Football, From 1892 to the Present (St. Martin’s Press 1994), ISBN 0-312-11435-4
  2. ^ Braunwart, Bob & Bob Carroll (1983). "The Rock Island Independents" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 5 (3): 1–7. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Davis S. Neft, Richard M. Cohen, and Rick Korch, The Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of Professional Football, from 1892 to the Present (St. Martin's Press 1994) ISBN 0-312-11435-4