March 10, 2015

Highlighted Year: Charley Brock, 1945

Center/Linebacker, Green Bay Packers

Age: 29
7th season in pro football & with Packers
College: Nebraska
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 210

Brock was chosen in the third round of the 1939 NFL draft by the Packers and quickly became a contributor on the line. The team advanced to the NFL Championship game, and Brock intercepted two passes as Green Bay defeated the Giants. He followed up in 1940 by gaining first-team All-NFL recognition from Collyers Eye and playing in the Pro All-Star Game (predecessor to the Pro Bowl) for the second time. Brock was considered to be equally outstanding as a center on offense and a “ball thief” at linebacker, where he intercepted a career-high six passes in 1942 and was again named to the Pro All-Star Game. An appendectomy cost Brock four games during the 1943 season but he still garnered consensus second-team All-NFL honors. He was named team captain in 1944, a season that the Packers capped with another NFL Championship, and was a second-team All-NFL selection of UPI.

1945 Season Summary
Appeared in all 10 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Interceptions – 4 [6, tied with seven others]
Int. return yards – 122 [1]
Int. TDs – 2 [1]
Fumble recoveries – 5

TDs – 2
Points – 12

Awards & Honors:
1st team All-NFL: AP, UPI, INS, Pro Football Illustrated, NY Daily News
2nd team All-NFL: Chicago Herald-American

Packers went 6-4 to finish third in the NFL Western Division.

Brock followed up in 1946 by recovering six fumbles and gaining first-team All-NFL honors from Pro Football Illustrated. He played one more season in ’47 before accumulated wear-and-tear forced his retirement. Overall, he played in 92 regular season games over nine seasons, all with Green Bay. He was officially credited with 20 interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns, and he also had a TD on a fumble recovery. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.


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