Joseph Napoleon Guyon
Notes on Joe Guyon's time in Rock Island
Born in Mahnomen Minnesota in 1892. Joe played for Carlisle Indian School (1912-1913) under coach Pop Warner and at Georgia Tech (1917-1918) under coach John Heisman. Joe helped lead Georgia Tech to a national championship in 1917. In one game he rushed for 344 yards as the Yellowjackets downed Vanderbilt 83-0.
Joe played for various NFL teams from 1920-1923. On Saturday November 8th Joe met the Independents in Chicago on a train ride up to Wisconsin to play the Racine Legion. Joe played only a couple of games with the Independents during the regular season but was the most valuable player during the teams post season barnstorming tour. Joe scored 5 touchdown in the 4 games through Texas as the Independents finished 4-0 winning the games by a combined score of 76-7.
In 1925 Joe moved on to play for the New York Giants. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966.
Information was found on microfilm scans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and from articles in the Rock Island Argus found at the Rock Island Historical Society in 2014.