NOVEMBER 27, 1971


Born November 26, 1892, on the White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota, Joe attended Carlisle Indian School where, for Coach Pop Warner, he played tackle in 1912—Jim Thorpe’s greatest year.  In 1913, at halfback, he made Walter Camp’s 2nd All-America team.  Those Carlisle teams went 23-2-2.  After 2 years at Keewatin Academy, Wisconsin, Joe went to Georgia Tech under Coach John Heisman.  He was halfback on the 1917 team that went 9-0 and was National Champion.  Against Vanderbilt, Joe ran for 344 yards.  In 1918, at tackle, he was 1st team All-American.  Turning pro in 1919, he played with 6 NFL teams over the next 9 years; the first 6 with Thorpe.  In 1927, he helped the New York Giants go 11-1 and win the NFL title.  Guyon also played outfield for the Louisville Colonels of the American Association from 1925-37.  Joe worked in Flint, Michigan from 1954-64.  Guyon died in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was inducted into Pro & Collegiate Football Halls of Fame in 1966 and 1971, respectively.

  "Joe Guyon's HOF Profile," Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 8/18/2020,
 "Joe Guyon," College Football Hall of Fame. National Football Foundation.  Retrieved 8/18/2020,
C. Richard King, Native Americans in Sports.  Retrieved 8/18/2020,
Photo:  Author unknown, 1918.  Public Domain.   

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