Packers Top Rookie: 1942

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The 1942 NFL draft was held 15 days after Pearl Harbor so it is of no surprise that only one of the Packers’ picks that year played for the team that season. Michigan center Bob Ingalls, an 18th round pick, started six of ten games and then never played in the NFL again. Ripon tackle Tiny Croft was chosen in the 20th round by Washington and cut. Picked up by the Packers, he spent six seasons in Green Bay. The Packers top two draft picks, Urban Odson and Ray Frankowski, would join the team after the war, as would 13th round pick Bruce Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner for 1941.

Of the nine undrafted free agents, USC end John Stonebreaker, Minnesota guard Fred Vant Hull, Minnesota end Earl Ohlgren and Pittsburgh end Tex Hinte never again played in the league after 1942. Fordham tackle Paul Berezney and Nebraska halfback Bob Kahler each stayed with the Packers through 1944. Toledo fullback Chuck Sample finished second on the team in rushing in 1942 and scored five touchdowns, but only returned for one game in 1945.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech center Bob Flowers played for Green Bay from 1942-49 as a steady second center behind Charley Brock for most of that time. The big find, though, was fullback Ted Fritsch of Stevens Point. Fritsch played for the team for nine years and led the Packers in rushing with 323 yards as a rookie. He also made four of five field goals and one extra point; Ted Fritsch was the Packers’ top rookie in 1942.

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