Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Chris "Red" Cagle

Chris "Red" Cagle


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Louisiana-Lafayette, Army
  • High School: Merryville, LA (Merryville HS)
  • Years: 1922-1929
  • Inducted: 1954
  • Place of Birth: De Ridder, LA
  • Date of Birth: May 01, 1905
  • Place of Death: New York, NY
  • Date of Death: Dec 26, 1942
  • Jersey Number: 12
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 167

Member Biography

Chris "Red" Cagle played college football eight years. He starred at Southwestern Louisiana 1922-25, scoring 235 points on touchdowns, extra points and field goals. This was a school record that lasted until 1989. Cagle played four more years for Army 1926-29, and was All-America halfback the last three years. His longest runs were 75 yards against Yale, 1928; 70 yards against Ohio Wesleyan and 65 yards against Yale, 1929. In four years at Army he scored 169 points, averaged 6.4 yards per attempt in rushing and 26.4 yards on kickoff returns. He was team captain at Southwestern Louisiana in 1925 and Army in 1929. Cagle was a dashing runner who played with the chin strap loose from his helmet, and sometimes without helmet. Southwestern Louisiana had a 23-11-3 record in his time; Army was 30-8-2 with Cagle. Thus he played in 53 winning games in college. He was listed at 5-10 and 167 pounds. He also played five years in pro football and in 1934 founded the Touchdown Club of New York with Pudge Heffelfinger, John Heisman and Charles Pearson. Christian Keener Cagle was born May 1, 1905, in DeRidder, Louisiana. He died December 26, 1942, in mysterious circumstances. He was found unconscious at the bottom of a subway stair in New York.