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George Cafego
Jersey #(s)
72, 32
Born August 29, 1915(1915-08-29)
Whipple, West Virginia
Died February 9, 1998 (aged 82)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Career information
Year(s) 19401945
NFL Draft 1940 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College Tennessee
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 5-16
Yards 966
QB Rating 37.7
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

George Cafego (August 29, 1915 – February 9, 1998) was a college, and professional American football player and coach. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.


High school and collegiate career

Born in rural Whipple, West Virginia, Cafego attended Oak Hill High School in nearby Oak Hill, West Virginia. He went to the University of Tennessee as a halfback under coach Robert Neyland. While there, he compiled 2,139 total yards and two All-American team selections. He was also a finalist for the Heisman Memorial Trophy. In addition to running and passing the ball, Cafego also served as punter and kickoff returner, excelling at both. At Tennessee his nickname was "Bad News".

Professional career

Cafego was drafted as a number one overall pick in 1940 by the Brooklyn Dodgers. After playing one season, his career was interrupted by a brief stint of Army service in World War II. Returning to the Dodgers in 1943, he was traded to the Washington Redskins after five unspectacular games. For the 1944 and 1945 seasons, Cafego played for the Boston Yanks before retiring.

Coaching career

After his playing days were over, Cafego served as an assistant coach at Wyoming, Furman, Arkansas, and 30 years at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. He retired from coaching following the 1984 season.

Cafego died in Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 82 and was buried in Fayette County, West Virginia.

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