December 1, 2014

Highlighted Year: Red Badgro, 1934

End, New York Giants

Age:  32 (Dec. 1)
7th season in pro football, 5th with Giants
College: Southern California
Height: 6’0”   Weight: 190

Badgro started his NFL career with the New York Yankees in 1927 and stayed for two seasons in which he scored one touchdown. He switched over to baseball, playing as an outfielder for the St. Louis Browns and batting .257 in 143 games before returning to football, now with the Giants, in 1930. Outstanding as a blocker and on defense, he was also noteworthy as a pass receiver although the team rarely went to the air. He scored three touchdowns in ’30 and was a second-team All-NFL selection of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and in 1931 gained first-team recognition from the NFL. Pass receiving statistics were first compiled in ’32 and Badgro had six catches for 106 yards that year and 9 receptions for 176 yards and two TDs in 1933, when he received first-team All-NFL honors from the league and the Press-Gazette and scored the first touchdown in the NFL Championship game loss to the Bears.

1934 Season Summary
Appeared in all 13 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Pass Receiving
Receptions – 16 [1, tied with Joe Carter]
Yards – 206 [5]
Average gain – 12.9 [8]
TDs – 1 [14, tied with twenty-one others]

TDs – 1
Points – 6

Postseason: 1 G (NFL Championship vs. Chicago Bears)
Pass receptions – 0

Awards & Honors:
1st team All-NFL: League, Chicago Daily News

Giants went 8-5 to finish first in the NFL Eastern Division. Won NFL Championship over Chicago Bears (30-13).

Badgro played one more season with the Giants in 1935, but was limited to five games and one catch. Hired as a player/coach for the Syracuse Braves of the AFL for 1936, the team failed to last the season and Badgro finished up back in the NFL as a player with the Brooklyn Dodgers in his final year. Officially, he caught 35 passes for 560 yards (16.0 avg.) and seven touchdowns. Badgro received first-team All-NFL recognition after three seasons and, 45 years after he last played, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1981.


Highlighted Years features players who were consensus first-team All-League* selections or league* or conference** leaders in the following statistical categories:

Rushing: Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Passing: Yards, Completion Pct., Yards per Attempt, TDs, Rating
Receiving: Catches, Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Scoring: TDs, Points, Field Goals (min. 5)
All-Purpose: Total Yards
Defense: Interceptions, Sacks
Kickoff Returns: Average
Punt Returns: Average
Punting: Average

*Leagues include NFL (1920 to date), AFL (1926), AFL (1936-37), AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974-75), USFL (1983-85)

**NFC/AFC since 1970