George Trafton

George Trafton

About George Trafton

George Edward Trafton (December 6, 1896--September 5, 1971), was an American football player. He played as a center for the Decatur Staleys (now known as the Chicago Bears) of the National Football League from 1920 to 1921 and -. He is credited as being the first center to snap the ball with one hand. Trafton was inducted into the American Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964. Trafton's football skills first came to notice when he played at Oak Park River Forest High School, then named Oak Park High, in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. Afterwards, he attended the University of Notre Dame for one year. On December 18, 1929, Trafton took part in a boxing match against Chicago White Sox player Art Shires. Trafton won by decision after five rounds. He fought three more bouts in early 1930 before meeting future world champion Primo Carnera in Kansas City on March 26, 1930. Trafton was knocked out by Carnera in the first round of their fight.

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