Johnny Armstrong

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Johnny Armstrong
Personal information
Date of birth: (1897-08-10)August 10, 1897
Place of birth: Kansas
Date of death: April 30, 1960(1960-04-30) (aged 62)
Place of death: Dubuque, Iowa
Career information
College: University of Dubuque
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Head coaching record
Career: 7–8–3
Coaching stats at PFR

John A. Armstrong, Jr. (August 10, 1897 – April 30, 1960)[1] was an American football player and coach. After attending the University of Dubuque, where he was a four-sport athlete,[2] he coached at Columbia College, in addition to managing a recreation hall.[1] Armstrong played on the Rock Island Independents of the National Football League, and later the first American Football League, from 19231926.[3] The Green Bay Press-Gazette named Armstrong a third-team All-Pro in 1923.[4] That season, Armstrong was the NFL leader in passing yards and passes intercepted, according to unofficial statistics.[1]

In 1924, Armstrong coached the Independents to a 5–2–2 record, and a fifth-place finish.[5] For his last professional football season, 1926, he also served as coach for Rock Island in the AFL; the Independents were 2–6–1 that year.[1] Armstrong also played minor league baseball for the Dubuque Climbers/Dubs/Ironmen and Oklahoma City Indians from 1922 to 1928.[6]


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  2. McGrane, Bert (2005-07-14). "Johnny Armstrong, Dubuque, 1951 Lynn King, Villisca, 1951". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2012-01-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Johnny Armstrong". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-11-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hogrogian, John (1982). "All-Pros of the Early NFL" (PDF). Coffin Corner. 4 (11). Retrieved 2012-01-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "John Armstrong Coaching Results". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2008-11-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "John Armstrong". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2011-02-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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