Johnny Bryan

American football player, coach, and owner (1897–1966)
Johnny Bryan
Date of birth(1897-02-28)February 28, 1897
Place of birthChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 1, 1966(1966-07-01) (aged 69)
Place of deathFort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Fullback, Halfback, Quarterback
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight157 lb (71 kg)
US collegeUniversity of Chicago
Career history
As coach
1925–1926Milwaukee Badgers
As player
1922Chicago Cardinals
1923–1925Chicago Bears
1925–1926Milwaukee Badgers
1926–1927Chicago Bears
As owner
1925–1926Milwaukee Badgers
Career stats
  • Playing stats at
  • Coaching stats at Pro Football Reference

John Frederick Bryan (February 28, 1897 – July 1, 1966) was a professional football player for the Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and Milwaukee Badgers. He was also a player-coach and franchise owner of the Badgers in 1925 and 1926.

The Badgers franchise was turned over to Bryan after it was discovered that the team had employed four Chicago high school players for game against the Chicago Cardinals that resulted in a 59-0 loss for the Badgers. As a result of the scandal, owner Ambrose McGuirk was forced by NFL President Joe Carr to turn over his franchise to Bryan.[1][2]

Under Bryan, the team did manage to win two games in 1926 due to the arrival of end Lavern Dilweg. However Milwaukee dropped out of the NFL after that season.[3]


  1. ^ "Mulkern jilts Grange league". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. March 18, 1926. p. 10.
  2. ^ Reimann, George (December 3, 1981). "Pro football lived here". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3, part 3.
  3. ^ "Bryan Badgers quit pro league". Milwaukee Sentinel. July 17, 1927. p. 1, section 3.
  • Peterson, Robert W. (1997). Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-511913-4.
  • Joe Horrigan (1984). "Joe Carr" (PDF). Coffin Corner. 6 (5–6). Professional Football Researchers Association: 1–4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-27.
  • Chris Willis (2003). "Joe Carr VisionU" (PDF). Coffin Corner. 25 (5). Professional Football Researchers Association: 1–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-18.
  • Bob Gill (2003). "Requiem for the Nighthawks" (PDF). Coffin Corner. 14 (5). Professional Football Researchers Association: 1–5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-07.
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Formerly the Decatur Staleys (1920) and the Chicago Staleys (1921)
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  • Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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