Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

George "One Play" McAfee

George "One Play" McAfee


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Duke
  • High School: Ironton, OH (Ironton HS)
  • Years: 1937-1939
  • Inducted: 1961
  • Place of Birth: Corbin, Ky
  • Date of Birth: Mar 13, 1918
  • Place of Death: Durham, NC
  • Date of Death: Mar 04, 2009
  • Jersey Number: 22
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 175

Member Biography

He could stun an opponent with a single play, often striking panic into unsuspecting enemy teams. George McAfee was a quick-hitting speed merchant with a definite talent for deception. Sleek and slender at 6-0, 175-pounds, McAfee and fellow Hall of Famer Eric Tipton formed the one-two punch of the great Duke teams of the late 1930s. There was no more "perfect" regular season than logged by the Blue Devils in 1938 when they rolled through nine games unbeaten, untied and unscored-upon, winning the Southern Conference title before suffering a heartbreaking loss to Southern California, 7-3, in the Rose Bowl. McAfee was a game- breaker that year, prompting sports writers to nickname him "One play McAfee." The experts were particularly impressed with the lefthander's ability to employ the halfback pass with outstanding accuracy. During McAfee's three varsity seasons, the Blue Devils won 24 of 29 games, with 17 of those decisions coming by shutout. However, McAfees' star was only beginning to rise. In 1940, he joined the Chicago Bears and made All-Pro honors in 1941. His career was interrupted by active duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II, but McAfee returned to play for Chicago for five more seasons, switching to defense as an outstanding safety.