William R. Lyman

William R. Lyman

About William R. Lyman

William Roy 'Link' Lyman (November 30, 1898 December 28, 1972) was a professional American football player. He played tackle for the Canton Bulldogs, the Cleveland Bulldogs, the Frankford Yellow Jackets and the Chicago Bears. Lyman was recruited out of the University of Nebraska by Guy Chamberlin, to play for the Canton Bulldogs in 1922. Playing alongside Pete Henry and Chamberlin, Lyman helped make Canton the first true professional football powerhouse, with a 10-0-2 record that season. They would have another undefeated season in 1923, but when the Canton franchise was sold after the 1923 season, Lyman and many other players moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Lyman signed with the Cleveland Bulldogs. In 1924 Lyman would help the Cleveland Bulldogs win the championship. In 1925 Lyman played half seasons with two teams, the new Canton franchise and the Frankford Yellowjackets.

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