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Frank Cullen Albert (January 27, 1920 – September 4, 2002) was an American football player. He played as a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. Albert attended Stanford University, where he led the 1940 football team to an undefeated season and the Rose Bowl. Many who saw Frankie Albert
Frankie Albert
in action credit him as being the greatest left-handed quarterback ever to play the game.[1]

Contents

1 Biography

1.1 Professional football career 1.2 Later life

2 References 3 External links

Biography[edit] Albert was born in Chicago
Chicago
and attended Glendale High School in Glendale, California. He went to Stanford University, where he was coached by T formation
T formation
innovator Clark Shaughnessy. Albert played as Stanford’s quarterback and in 1940–41 became an all-American. He was the first college T-formation
T-formation
quarterback in modern football history. He led the team of 1940 to a 9–0 regular season, 21–13 victory over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking, behind Minnesota. He was also a member of Stanford's chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon
Delta Kappa Epsilon
fraternity. Professional football career[edit] After graduation Albert served in the Navy during World War II for four years. In the 1942 NFL Draft the Chicago
Chicago
Bears selected Albert with the 10th overall pick. After quarterbacking the Los Angeles Bulldogs of the Pacific Coast Football League in 1945, he launched his All-Pro career with the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
of the All-America Football Conference in 1946. He played seven seasons with the 49ers. Albert, a 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m), 166-pound, left-handed passer, was credited for inventing the bootleg play, in which the quarterback fakes a handoff then runs wide with the ball hidden on his hip.[2] In 1948 he was named AAFC co-Most Valuable Player with Otto Graham. He played his last two seasons competing with Y. A. Tittle. In 1950, Albert was named to the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
when the 49ers joined the National Football League. He retired after the season of 1952. In seven pro seasons, Albert threw for 10,795 yards and 115 touchdowns. Albert played one final season with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders.[3] After his retirement, the San Francisco 49ers hired him as a scout and coach. He became the head coach in 1956 by owner Tony Morabito. He coached the 49ers for 3 seasons with a 19-16-1 record. The Professional Football Researchers Association
Professional Football Researchers Association
named Albert to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2007 [4] Later life[edit] After football, Albert got into real estate as he helped raise three daughters with his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Martha.[5] All three of his daughters attended Stanford. One of his daughters, Jane Albert Willens, ’67, was an All-American tennis player at the Farm. He died on September 4, 2002, from Alzheimer's disease. In addition to his wife, Martha, Albert is survived by his three daughters, Nancy James, of Bend, Ore., Jane Willens, of Palo Alto, and Terry Levin, of San Francisco; and his seven grandchildren.[6] References[edit]

^ NFL story Archived 2005-10-28 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Hession, Joseph (1985). "FRANKIE ALBERT: "MR. 49ER"". HE COFFIN CORNER. 7 (5).  ^ Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 141. ISBN 978-0983513667.  ^ "Hall of Very Good Class of 2007". Retrieved November 23, 2016.  ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=martha-albert&pid=20342668&fhid=2400#fbLoggedOut ^ Goldstein, Richard (September 9, 2002). "Frankie Albert, a Pioneering Quarterback, Is Dead at 82". New York Times. 

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference Frankie Albert
Frankie Albert
at the College Football Hall of Fame Frankie Albert
Frankie Albert
on IMDb Frankie Albert
Frankie Albert
at Find a Grave
Find a Grave

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Stanford Cardinal starting quarterbacks

Code Harrelson Tarpey Walker Bogue Lewis Alustiza Paulman Albert Bell Shaw Kerkorian Garrett Brodie Douglas Nicolet Norman Sears Thurlow Berg DeSylvia Lewis Washington Williams Plunkett Bunce Boryla Cordova Benjamin Dils Schonert Elway Cottrell Paye Johnson Palumbis Stenstrom Frost Butterfield Hutchinson Husak Fasani Matter Lewis Edwards Ostrander Pritchard Luck Nunes Hogan Burns Chryst Costello

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1940 Stanford Indians football—national champions

Frankie Albert Hugh Gallarneau Jack Smith Norm Standlee Pete Kmetovic Vic Lindskog

Head coach Clark Shaughnessy

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
starting quarterbacks

Frankie Albert
Frankie Albert
(1946–1952) Y. A. Tittle
Y. A. Tittle
(1951–1960) Jim Powers (1953) Jim Cason (1954) Earl Morrall
Earl Morrall
(1956) John Brodie
John Brodie
(1957–1973) Lamar McHan (1963) Bob Waters (1963) George Mira
George Mira
(1964–1967) Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier
(1967, 1969, 1972–1973, 1975) Joe Reed (1973–1974) Tom Owen (1974–1975) Dennis Morrison (1974) Norm Snead (1974–1975) Jim Plunkett (1976–1977) Scott Bull (1976, 1978) Steve DeBerg (1978–1980) Joe Montana
Joe Montana
(1979–1990) Matt Cavanaugh
Matt Cavanaugh
(1984–1985) Jeff Kemp (1986) Mike Moroski (1986) Steve Young
Steve Young
(1987–1999) Bob Gagliano (1987) Steve Bono
Steve Bono
(1991) Elvis Grbac
Elvis Grbac
(1995–1996) Jim Druckenmiller (1997) Ty Detmer
Ty Detmer
(1998) Steve Stenstrom (1999) Jeff Garcia
Jeff Garcia
(1999–2003) Tim Rattay (2003–2005) Ken Dorsey
Ken Dorsey
(2004–2005) Alex Smith
Alex Smith
(2005–2007, 2009–2012) Cody Pickett
Cody Pickett
(2005) Trent Dilfer
Trent Dilfer
(2007) Shaun Hill
Shaun Hill
(2007–2009) Chris Weinke (2007) J. T. O'Sullivan
J. T. O'Sullivan
(2008) Troy Smith
Troy Smith
(2010) Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick
(2012–2016) Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert
(2015–2016) Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer
(2017) C. J. Beathard
C. J. Beathard
(2017) Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo
(2017–present)

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
head coaches

Buck Shaw
Buck Shaw
(1946–1954) Red Strader (1955) Frankie Albert
Frankie Albert
(1956–1958) Red Hickey (1959–1963) Jack Christiansen
Jack Christiansen
(1963–1967) Dick Nolan (1968–1975) Monte Clark
Monte Clark
(1976) Ken Meyer (1977) Pete McCulley (1978) Fred O'Connor # (1978) Bill Walsh (1979–1988) George Seifert (1989–1996) Steve Mariucci
Steve Mariucci
(1997–2002) Dennis Erickson (2003–2004) Mike Nolan
Mike Nolan
(2005–2008) Mike Singletary
Mike Singletary
(2008–2010) Jim Tomsula
Jim Tomsula
# (2010) Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh
(2011–2014) Jim Tomsula
Jim Tomsula
(2015) Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly
(2016) Kyle Shanahan
Kyle Shanahan
(2017– )

Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.

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San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
1946 inaugural season roster

Frankie Albert Ed Balatti Bruno Banducci Dick Bassi Alyn Beals Bob Bryant Ken Casanega Gerry Conlee Don Durdan Dutch Elston Len Eshmont Bill Fisk Eddie Forrest Pete Franceschi Jesse Freitas Garland Gregory Visco Grgich Parker Hall John Kuzman Ned Mathews John Mellus Hank Norberg Earle Parsons Charles Pavlich Bill Remington Dick Renfro Ken Roskie Norm Standlee Johnny Strzykalski Nick Susoeff Rupe Thornton Bob Titchenal Joe Vetrano John Woudenberg

Head coach: Buck Shaw

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1940 College Football All-America Team consensus selections

Backfield

QB Frankie Albert HB George Franck HB Tom Harmon FB John Kimbrough

Line

E Gene Goodreault E David Rankin T Alf Bauman T Nick Drahos T Urban Odson G Marshall Robnett G Bob Suffridge C Rudy Mucha

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1941 College Football All-America Team consensus selections

Backfield

QB Frankie Albert HB Bill Dudley HB Frank Sinkwich HB Bruce Smith FB Bob Westfall

Line

E Bob Dove E Holt Rast T Ernie Blandin T Dick Wildung G Ray Frankowski G Endicott Peabody C Darold Jenkins

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1942 NFL draft first-round selections

Bill Dudley Jack Wilson Pete Kmetovic Steve Lach Bob Westfall Spec Sanders Bobby Robertson Merle Hapes Urban Odson Frankie Albert Jack Jenkins

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Chicago
Chicago
Bears first-round draft picks

Stydahar McDonald Gray Luckman Osmanski Turner Harmon Standlee Scott Albert Steuber Evans Lund Lujack Fenimore Kindt Layne Bumgardner D. Harris Hunsinger Morrison B. Williams Stone Schroeder Dooley B. Anderson Wallace Drzewiecki Schriewer Leggett Howley Clark R. Davis Ditka Bull Behrman Evey Butkus Sayers DeLong Rice Phillips Hull Mayes Moore Antoine Clemons Chambers Bryant Gallagher Payton Lick Albrecht Hampton A. Harris Wilson Van Horne McMahon Covert Gault Marshall Perry N. Anderson Harbaugh Muster W. Davis Woolford Armstrong Carrier Thomas Spellman Conway Thierry Salaam W. Harris Enis McNown Urlacher Terrell Colombo Haynes Grossman T. Harris Benson Olsen C. Williams Carimi McClellin Long Fuller Wh

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