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Al Hoptowit

Al Hoptowit
No. 26
Position: Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1915-09-17)September 17, 1915
Place of birth: Yakima, Washington
Date of death: April 6, 1981(1981-04-06) (aged 65)
Place of death: Yakima, Washington
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Wapato (WA)
College: Washington State
NFL draft: 1938 / Round: 11 / Pick: 91
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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Alphonse William Hoptowit (September 7, 1915 – April 6, 1981) was an American football tackle who played four seasons with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Rams in the eleventh round of the 1938 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington State University and attended Wapato High School in Wapato, Washington.[1] Hoptowit was also a member of the Newark Bears of the American Association. He was nicknamed "Hoppy" and "Tonto".


  • College career 1
  • Professional career 2
    • Chicago Bears/Newark Bears 2.1
  • Coaching career 3
    • Akron Bears 3.1
    • Washington State University 3.2
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

College career

Hoptowit played for the Washington State Cougars from 1933 to 1937.[2] He earned Second Team All-PCC honors his senior year in 1937.[3]

Professional career

Hoptowit was selected by the Cleveland Rams with the 91st pick in the 1938 NFL Draft.[1] He played two seasons of rugby in Canada prior to joining the Chicago Bears.[4]

Chicago Bears/Newark Bears

Hoptowit came up to the Chicago Bears in 1941 before playing for the Newark Bears of the American Association the same year.[5] Newark was Chicago's farm team.[6] He later played in 41 games, starting nineteen, for the Chicago Bears from 1942 to 1945.[1]

Coaching career

Akron Bears

Hoptowit served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears' farm team, the Akron Bears, in 1946.[4]

Washington State University

Hoptowit was an assistant coach for the Washington State Cougars in 1947.[4]

Personal life

Hoptowit was a Native American.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "AL HOPTOWIT". Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Hoptowit New Cougar Football Assistant".  
  3. ^ "1937 AP All Pacific Coast team".  
  4. ^ a b c "Al Hoptowit Named Assistant Grid Coach at Washington State College".  
  5. ^ Prell, Edward (October 18, 1944). "Al Hoptowit Does That in Bears' Battles".  
  6. ^ "Chicago Bears Farm Two Half Backs to Newark Bears".  

External links

  • Just Sports Stats
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