Paddy Driscoll

Paddy Driscoll

Paddy Driscoll
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1895-01-11)January 11, 1895
Place of birth: Evanston, Illinois
Date of death: June 29, 1968(1968-06-29) (aged 73)
Place of death: Chicago, Illinois
Career information
College: Northwestern
Career history

As coach

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing TDs: 18
Rushing TDs: 25
Receiving TDs: 4
Stats at
Coaching stats at
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Paddy Driscoll
Born: (1895-01-11)January 11, 1895
Evanston, Illinois
Died: June 28, 1968(1968-06-28) (aged 73)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 1917, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
August 12, 1917, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .107
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 3

John Leo "Paddy" Driscoll (January 11, 1895 – June 29, 1968) was a professional American football quarterback. Driscoll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965 and is a member of the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team. In 1974, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Head coaching record 3
    • College 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

At 5' 11" and 160 pounds, he was not big, but he made a big impact on football during the decade of the 1920s. He was particularly known for his drop kicks and punting. In 1924, he recorded a 55 yard drop-kicked field goal and in 1925 holds a tied NFL record (with Al Bloodgood) of four drop-kicked field goals in a single game.[1]

After attending Northwestern University and a brief professional baseball career (Driscoll played 13 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1917 and n 39 games for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1919)[2] he played the 1919 season with the Hammond Pros (pre-NFL). From 1920 to 1925, he led the Chicago Cardinals and was also head coach from 1920 to 1922.

In 1926, prompted by a fear that he would sign with the new AFL then being formed, the Cardinals traded him to the Chicago Bears where he continued to carry his team until he retired after the 1929 season.

Coaching career

Driscoll was the 14th head football coach at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He held that position for four seasons, from 1937 until 1940.[3] His coaching record at Marquette was 10–23–1.[4]

Later, he was head coach of the Chicago Bears for two seasons (1956 and 1957), compiling a record of 14–10–1. Owner George Halas reassumed head coaching duties of the Bears in 1958.

Driscoll died June 29, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 73.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Marquette Golden Avalanche (NCAA University Division independent) (1937–1940)
1937 Marquette 3–6
1938 Marquette 1–7
1939 Marquette 4–4
1940 Marquette 2–6–1
Marquette: 10–23–1
Total: 10–23–1


  1. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame
  2. ^
  3. ^ College Football Reference Marquette University Football Records
  4. ^ College Football Data Warehouse

External links