September 22, 2017

Highlighted Year: Hank Gillo, 1922

Fullback/Tailback, Racine Legion

 Age: 28 (Oct. 5)
3rd season in pro football, 1st with Legion
College: Colgate
Height: 5’10” Weight: 195

Gillo’s fine college career was interrupted by military service in World War I. He spent 1920 and ’21 with the Hammond Pros and also coached the club in ‘20. The power-running fullback called “Line-Plunging” Gillo signed with the Legion for 1922.
1922 Season Summary
Appeared in all 11 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Rushing TDs – 5 [4]
Receiving TDs – 0
Other TDs – 0
Total TDs – 5 [5, tied with four others]
Field Goals – 6 [2, tied with Dutch Sternaman]
Extra Points – 4 [8, tied with Paddy Driscoll & Pete Henry]
Points – 52 [1]

Legion went 6-4-1 to finish sixth in the NFL.

Gillo followed up with 44 points in 1923 and received first-team All-NFL honors from Collyers Eye. In 1924, Gillo had a successful 50-yard drop-kick for a field goal against the Milwaukee Badgers, the first of that length in pro football history, on his way to 48 points in his last year with Racine. Over the course of three seasons with the Legion, Gillo produced 10 TDs, 18 PATs, and 22 field goals (21 of which were drop-kicked) for a total of 144 points.  He played for the Milwaukee Badgers in 1925 and the Racine Tornadoes in 1926, which was his last season. He accounted for no more scoring after 1924.


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