HOF Spotlight: Paddy Driscoll

Name: John “Paddy” Driscoll
Position: Quarterback
Pro Career: 1919 – 1929
Team Affiliation(s): Hammond Pros, Decatur Staleys, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears
College: Northwestern
Induction Class: 1965

Brief Bio: One of the league’s first “franchise players,” Paddy Driscoll was a true do-it-all, 60-minute gridiron hero. Driscoll drove his team on offense as a successful quarterback and tailback, was flawless on defense, and was a prolific kicker and punter. A big-time performer, Driscoll was at his best in big games, often scoring all of his team’s points in games against cross-town archrivals Chicago Tigers and Chicago Bears. A man with legendary performances, Driscoll once dropkicked a record 4 field goals in one 1925 game, dropkicked a 50-yard field goal in 1924, singlehandedly scored 27 points in a one game in 1923, and expertly placed 23 precision punts to stifle legend Red Grange in his professional debut.

Career Stats: 118 games played; 18 passing TDs; 25 rushing TDs; 4 receiving TDs; 1 punt return TD; 1 fumble recovery TD

Featured Card: Similar to Tim Mara and George Preston Marshall, I am featuring the official 8×10 headshot photo from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The photo can be yours for $5.99. You can see a whole selection of official 8×10 headshots here. Driscoll is also featured in several HOF focused sets, most of can be yours for around $1-2 each on eBay. If you are interested in something a little more “high-end,” there was one autographed 8×10 photo listed at the time of my research for a shade under $500. If autographs are your thing, you would be smart to shop around and attend memorabilia shows and auctions to gain a better perspective of real value rather than just trusting the only current eBay listing. But you already knew that, right?

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