HOF Spotlight: Fats Henry

Name: Wilbur “Pete” “Fats” Henry
Position: Tackle
Pro Career: 1920 – 1928
Team Affiliation(s): Canton Bulldogs, New York Giants, Pottsville Maroons
College: Washington & Jefferson
Induction Class: 1963 – Charter Member, posthumously

Brief Bio: Signing a contract with the Canton Bulldogs the same day the NFL was being organized, Fats Henry was a key player in the early days of the infant league. Non-athletically built at 5’11” and 245 lbs, Henry was a deceivingly gifted athlete who played with tenacious intensity and speed. When Canton won the 1922 and 1923 NFL championships, Henry was leading the way in all facets of the game. An incredible blocker and tackler (he once took down an entire side of an offensive line), Henry was also one of the greatest kickers to play the game. He reportedly booted a 45-yard dropkick field goal and a 94-yard punt, both NFL records. Henry would be one of the last great drop kickers in NFL history.

Career Stats: 86 games played; 1 passing TD; 1 receiving TD; (kicking and defensive statistics were not kept in the early days of football)

Featured Card: 1955 Topps All American #100. Like almost all of these early HOF members, very few, if any, cards were produced during Henry’s playing career, which means this card, produced almost 30 years after he retired, is considered by many to be his rookie card. Trivial Beckett value is $200. You can easily find one on eBay for less than $100, although you will need to pay a bit more if you wish to obtain a highly graded copy. I hope I’m preaching to the choir by this point, but again, make sure you know exactly what you’re buying on eBay. Counterfeit cards are out of control right now in the autograph and relic realms, but people have always tried to fake vintage cards, especially of HOF greats.

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