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Joe Stydahar
Joe Stydahar.jpg
Date of birth (1912-03-17)March 17, 1912
Place of birth Kaylor, Pennsylvania
Date of death March 23, 1977(1977-03-23) (aged 65)
Place of death Beckley, West Virginia
Career highlights
Notable career highlights
  • 4× NFL All-Star selection (1938, 1939, 1940, 1941)
  • All-Pro selection (1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942)
  • NFL Champion (1940, 1941, 1946, 1951)
  • NFL 1930s All-Decade Team
Coaching Record / Statistics
Career player statistics (if any)
Stats at
Team(s) as a player (if any)
1936-1943, 1945-1946 Chicago Bears
Team(s) as a coach/administrator (if any)



Los Angeles Rams
(line coach)
Los Angeles Rams
(Head coach)
Chicago Cardinals
(Head coach)
Chicago Bears
(Defensive line)
College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame,

Joseph "Jumbo Joe" Lee Stydahar (born Joseph Lee Stajduhar on March 17, 1912; died March 23, 1977) was an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears from 1936 to 1942 and 1945 to 1946 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was born and raised about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh in the small mining community of Kaylor, in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Stydahar attended West Virginia University, and was the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams during the 1950 and 1951 seasons, and the Chicago Cardinals during 1953 and 1954. Stydahar died on March 23, 1977.

College years[]

At West Virginia, Stydahar won various All-Eastern honors and after his senior year, he was invited to participate in the College All-Star game and the East-West All-Star game.

He was a two sport star at West Virginia, playing both football and basketball. Stydahar was a three year letterman in basketball and once held the single game scoring record of 24 points against West Virginia Wesleyan in 1933.

Joe was elected into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Family and later years[]

Stydahar married Yolanda Monet Margowski in 1947. They were later divorced, but they had three sons,[1] David (born 1948),[2] Joseph (born 1952),[3] and George,[1] and a daughter, Stephanie (born 1955).[4]

After being released by the Cardinals, Stydahar remained in the Chicago area where he had formed a cardboard box business with a partner. He continued in that business into the 1960s.[5] In his later years, Stydahar lived in Highland Park, Illinois, where he was the eastern regional manager for a container company. He died of heart failure in 1977 at age 65 while on a business trip in Beckley, West Virginia.[6] He was buried at the Shinnston Memorial Cemetery.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Former NFL Great Joe Stydahar Dies", March 25, 1977, p. 16. 
  2. "Joe Stydahar Father of Boy", February 12, 1948, p. II-9. 
  3. "Stydahar Proud Father of Son", June 27, 1952, p. 7. 
  4. In the Wake of the News (March 4, 1955).
  5. "Ram-Bear Switch May Help Both ---Stydahar", May 1, 1961, p. IV-2. 
  6. "Football Great Stydahar Dies, Had Planned To Live In Beckley", March 25, 1977, p. 17. 
  7. Shinnston News

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