HOF Spotlight: John McNally

Name: John “Blood” McNally
Position: Halfback
Pro Career: 1925 – 1938
Team Affiliation(s): Milwaukee Badgers, Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Pirates
College: Notre Dame; St. Johns
Induction Class: 1963 – Charter Member

Brief Bio: An incredibly gifted athlete, John McNally was a superb rusher with blazing speed and was possibly the greatest receiver of his day. In the era of “60-minute men,” McNally was also able to hang with the best passers, punters and defensemen. He enjoyed a successful 14-year career with five different teams, but most notably with the Green Bay Packers, which he helped lead to four championships in 1929, 1930, 1931, and 1936. Known just as well for his off-field antics as his playing successes, McNally got an early start. With one year remaining in his college eligibility, he wanted to try professional football. In order to maintain his collegiate eligibility, he needed a pseudonym, which was common in that day. After passing a theatre showing the movie Blood and Sand, he decided to take the name Johnny Blood. McNally went under that name his entire professional career.

Career Stats: 137 games played; 67 receptions; 1,117 receiving yards; 37 receiving TDs; 4 passing TDs; 5 rushing TDs; 5 INT TDs; 1 punt return TD; 1 kick return TD

Featured Card: 1932 Packers Walker’s Cleaners #13. Just like legendary Packers coach Curly Lambeau, I am featuring a Walker’s Cleaners card, a team-specific set from 1932. Trivial Beckett value of this vintage card is $600. Once again I could not find this exact card on eBay. Like other HOF members who played in a day before football cards were widely produced, McNally is featured in several HOF themed sets, including the 1975 Fleer Hall of Fame set. Copies of that card can be found for around $1. Obviously you will need to pay quite a bit more if you are looking for an autographed copy, especially since McNally left us to play with the Angels in 1985.

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