1926 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 19, 1926 – December 19, 1926
Champions Frankford Yellow Jackets
National Football League seasons
 < 1925 1927 > 

The 1926 NFL season was the 7th regular season of the National Football League. The league grew to 22 teams, adding the Brooklyn Lions, the Hartford Blues, the Los Angeles Buccaneers, and the Louisville Colonels, with Racine Tornadoes re-entering. Cleveland Bulldogs sat out the season, the Rock Island Independents defected to the upstart American Football League, and the Rochester Jeffersons suspended operations for the final time (eventually folding in early 1928). The Akron Pros re-branded as the Akron Indians, the Duluth Kelleys as the Duluth Eskimos and the Buffalo Bison as the Buffalo Rangers (the team also used the names "Texas Rangers" and "Buffalo Cowboys").

The Los Angeles Buccaneers and Buffalo Rangers were "showcase teams," the first efforts for the league to reach beyond the northeast and midwest. The Buccaneers, a response to the AFL's Los Angeles Wildcats, represented the state of California, while the Rangers represented the state of Texas and other areas of the southwestern United States. Both teams only lasted one season; the Buccaneers folded while the Rangers reverted to their previous status as the Bison.

In mid-November, Brooklyn merged with the AFL's Brooklyn Horsemen and stayed in the NFL, playing one more game as the Lions before changing its name to the Brooklyn Horsemen for the last three games (all shutout losses).

The Frankford Yellow Jackets were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972

Team W L T PCT
Frankford Yellow Jackets 14 1 2 .933
Chicago Bears 12 1 3 .923
Pottsville Maroons 10 2 2 .833
Kansas City Cowboys 8 3 0 .727
Green Bay Packers 7 3 3 .700
Los Angeles Buccaneers 6 3 1 .667
New York Giants 8 4 1 .667
Duluth Eskimos 6 5 3 .545
Buffalo Rangers 4 4 2 .500
Chicago Cardinals 5 6 1 .455
Providence Steam Roller 5 7 1 .417
Detroit Panthers 4 6 2 .400
Hartford Blues 3 7 0 .300
Brooklyn Lions 3 8 0 .273
Milwaukee Badgers 2 7 0 .222
Akron Indians 1 4 3 .200
Dayton Triangles 1 4 1 .200
Racine Tornadoes 1 4 0 .200
Columbus Tigers 1 6 0 .143
Canton Bulldogs 1 9 3 .100
Hammond Pros 0 4 0 .000
Louisville Colonels 0 4 0 .000

References[edit | edit source]

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1921–1930 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • 1926 season in details
  • David S. Neft, Richard M. Cohen, and Rick Korch, The Football Encyclopedia: The Complete, Year-by-Year History of Professional Football From 1892 to the Present (St. Martin's Press 1994) ISBN 0-312-11435-4
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)

See also[edit | edit source]

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