Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Guy "The Champ" Chamberlin

Guy "The Champ" Chamberlin


  • Position: Halfback/End
  • School: Nebraska Wesleyan, Nebraska
  • High School: Blue Springs, NE (Blue Springs HS)
  • Years: 1911-1915
  • Inducted: 1962
  • Place of Birth: Blue Springs, NE
  • Date of Birth: Jan 16, 1894
  • Place of Death: Lincoln, NE
  • Date of Death: Apr 04, 1967
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 200

Member Biography

Brilliant in the backfield, exceptional at end - that is a simple summary of Guy Chamberlin's talents. He was born January 16, 1894, in Blue Springs, Nebraska. He played halfback for Nebraska Wesleyan in 1911-12, and helped the team to 7-0 and 5-2-1 records. He transferred to the University of Nebraska. The team was 7-0-1 in 1914 with Chamberlin at halfback scoring on runs of 90, 85, 70 and 58 yards. He was moved to end in 1915, and made All-America as Nebraska moved to an 8-0 record. The Cornhuskers beat Notre Dame 20-19. Knute Rockne, then a Notre Dame assistant coach, called Chamberlin �the key to Nebraska�s victory.� For his final college game, November 20, 1915, he moved back to halfback and scored five touchdowns in a 52-7 romp over Iowa. He served in World War I and then played pro football for eight years, from 1920-27. George Halas called him �the greatest two-way end in the history of the game.� He stood 6- 1, weighed 200, and was outstanding on offense and defense. For six of his pro years he was player-coach. He went back to Nebraska, ran a farm, and was state livestock inspector. Chamberlin died April 4, 1967. In that year the University of Nebraska founded the Chamberlin Trophy, given annually to the outstanding senior football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1962, and to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.