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Hal Erickson (American football)

Hal Erickson
Date of birth: 10 March 1898
Place of birth: Maynard, Minnesota, United States
Date of death: January 27, 1963(1963-01-27) (aged 64)
Place of death: Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Career information
Position(s): Running Back
Height: 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight: 193 lb (88 kg)
College: St. Olaf
Washington & Jefferson
As coach:
1924 Milwaukee Badgers
As player:
Milwaukee Badgers
Chicago Cardinals
Minneapolis Red Jackets
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Playing stats at
Coaching stats at
Military service
Allegiance: United States
Service/branch: United States Navy seal U.S. Navy
Years of service: 1917-1919
Battles/wars: World War I

Harold Ingvald Alexander Erickson (March 10, 1898 – January 27, 1963) was an American football back who played for three teams over eight seasons in the National Football League, four with the Chicago Cardinals, including the 1925 NFL Champion team.[1][2][3]


Harold Erickson was born in Paddy Driscoll, who are also members of the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.[4] Erickson also participated in the 1922 Rose Bowl as a back for Washington and Jefferson, giving him the unique distinction of being the only man ever to play in two different Rose Bowls, with two different teams, without losing.[5]

He attended St. Olaf College during 1916-1917, and after completing his service in the US Navy in 1919, he attended Washington & Jefferson College where he excelled at football. After college, though undrafted, Erickson went professional, playing eight seasons in the National Football League (1923-1930), with the Milwaukee Badgers, the Chicago Cardinals, and the Minneapolis Red Jackets. In 1924 he played for, and was the headcoach of the Milwaukee Badgers, a team that included Pro Football Hall of Famer, and a member of the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team, Jimmy Conzelman. During the 1925 season Erickson scored 6 touchdowns (4 receiving and 2 rushing) for the NFL Champion Chicago Cardinals who were 11-2-1 that year. At the conclusion of the 1925 NFL season, Erickson joined future Pro Football Hall of Famer Red Grange and the Chicago Bears on their post-season barnstorming tour.[6] He was a member of the 1928 Chicago Cardinals team that included American sports legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe, also a member of the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.

He was married to Vera Mattocks (1906-1998) until his death on January 27, 1963. He is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  1. ^ "Hal Erickson". Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ "Hal Erickson". 
  3. ^ "Hal Erickson". NFL All-Time Players. NFL Enterprises LLC. 
  4. ^ Buzzell, Francis (2010 (originally published prior to 1923)). The Great Lakes naval training station; a history. Charleston, South Carolina: Nabu Press. pp. 166–167.  
  5. ^ Campbell, Jim (August 2006). "The 1922 Rose Bowl: David v. Goliath". College Football Historical Society Newsletter.  
  6. ^ Poole, Gary Andrew (2008). The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange, an American Football Legend. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 186–187.  
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