Born: May 10, 1912 in Edgar pop. 498

Russ Thompson

Russ Thompson

Died: Feb. 12, 2001(age 88)

High School: Wood Lake, pop. 63; Whitney, pop. 77; and Chadron

College/years: Chadron State, 1931 ; and Nebraska 1932-34

Games played in the NFL: 53

Fun facts:

  • Started 23 games at tackle over four years with the Chicago Bears (1936-39) and five with the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Played in his first football game in Wood Lake without ever playing the game before. Later played at Chadron High School.
  • Recruited by Link Lyman to play at Nebraska under Dana X Bible.
  • Lettered three years at Nebraska
  • Was offered a contract for $90 per game by George Hallas in 1935.
  • Was a teammate of Bronko Nagurski
  • Following the 1940 draft, the Bears traded Thompson and fellow tackle, Milt Trost, to the Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia's first-round pick, George McAfee.
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