Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Albert Exendine

Albert Exendine

Details

  • Position: End
  • School: Carlisle
  • High School: Anadarko, OK (Anadarko HS)
  • Years: 1905-1907
  • Inducted: 1970
  • Place of Birth: Bartlesville, OK
  • Date of Birth: Jan 07, 1884
  • Place of Death: Tulsa, OK
  • Date of Death: Jan 04, 1973
  • Weight: 174

Member Biography

Pop Warner, revered coach of the Carlisle Indians, used just two words to describe Albert Exendine: "Sheer brilliance." Exendine was a standout end among Carlisle football stars with strange and exotic names like Isaac Seneca, Little Boy, Brave Thunder, Fast Bear, Two Hearts and Lone Star. An Arapaho, Albert played at Carlisle at a time when there were never more than 50 boys big enough or strong enough to play football. The entire coaching staff consisted of Warner and an Oneida Indian named Wallace Denny, the trainer, who doubled as Carlisle's night watchman. The team often played as many as 10 games in six weeks, with Exendine and his teammates playing without relief . "There have been but few ends better than Albert," Warner said, and that statement was endorsed in 1907 when Walter Camp named Exendine to his All-America listing. One of his greatest days on the field came against University of Chicago, when he repeatedly stopped legendary halfback Wally Steffen. Albert Exendine went on to become an Oklahoma attorney and was prominent in Indian affairs before his retirement. He was 86 and still living in his home town of Tulsa when he was elected to the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1970.