Cecil Isbell

  • 4x Pro Bowl selection (1938, 1939, 1941, 1942)
  • 5x All-Pro selection ( 1938-1942 ) 1 2 team
  • NFL Championship ( 1939)
  • NFL 1930s All- Decade Team
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Cecil Frank Isbell ( born July 11, 1915 in Houston, Texas, USA, † June 23, 1985, Hammond, Indiana ) Nickname: Cece, a U.S. American football player and coach was. He also served as quarterback in the National Football League ( NFL).

Career as a player

College Football Players

Isbell comes from a football loving family. He attended high school in his native city in 1935 and received a scholarship at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. As is common in the early running of the American Football he came at the Purdue Boilermakers at different positions for use, but played mainly as a quarterback and halfback. 1936 achieved the Boilermakers 23 touchdowns in the season, Isbell was found for 15 of those responsible. 1937 Isbell was elected MVP of his team. 1938 was the national team of the best college player of the reigning champions of the NFL, who beat Washington Redskins, led by Isbell with 28:16. Isbell was elected MVP of the game. During his career at Purdue his brother Cody Isbell was one of the ends of the team.

Pro football player

1938 Isball was drawn by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 1938 NFL Draft in the seventh place. Coach of the team was Curly Lambeau, who had managed in the previous years to form from the Packers a top team. Many top players such as Don Hutson, Arnie Herber or Milt Gantenbein stood in the ranks of the team from Green Bay. The following year, 1939, the crew of Isbell won the NFL championship with 27-0 in the final game against the New York Giants. Isbell it threw a touchdown pass. In 1941, he failed in the NFL playoff at the Chicago Bears. The game was lost with 33:14. Cecil Isbell again managed a touchdown pass. Isbell would cede to the peak of his career as a player and ended after five years in the NFL in 1942 at the age of 27 years, his playing career.

Career as a coach

Isbell was immediately after his playing career coach. First he coached from 1943 to 1946 his old university as an Assistant Coach and Head Coach before he again moved to 1952 to the professionals and as an Assistant Coach and Head Coach of the Baltimore Colts, coached Chicago Cardinals and the only short -existent Dallas Texans. After two years as an assistant coach at Louisiana State University, he finished his coaching career and moved into the economy.


Isbell is a member of the NFL 1930s All- Decade Team and the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1937 he was elected MVP of his college team. He played four times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players in a season five times and was selected to the All- Pro.