Eddie Doyle (American football)

Eddie Doyle (American football)

Eddie Doyle
Date of birth: (1898-10-17)October 17, 1898
Place of birth: New York City, New York, United States
Date of death: November 8, 1942(1942-11-08) (aged 44)
Place of death: Morocco 
Career information
Position(s): End
Height: 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight: 173 lb (78 kg)
College: Army
As player:
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Pottsville Maroons
Military service
Allegiance: United States
Service/branch: U.S. Army
Years of service: 1942
Rank: Captain
Battles/wars: World War II: North African Campaign

Edward James Doyle (August 17, 1898 – October 8, 1942) was a professional football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1924 to 1925 with the Frankford Yellow Jackets and the Pottsville Maroons. During his two-year NFL career, Doyle scored three touchdowns.[1] He also helped Pottsville win the 1925 NFL Championship, before it was stripped from the team due to a disputed rules violation.[2]

A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Doyle later fought in World War II, after the United States entry into the war, in 1942. He received the rank of captain and was sent to fight in North Africa. Captain Doyle was killed in the Allied troop landings of the North African Campaign.[3] He is believed to have been the first American killed in North Africa during the war.[2] Doyle's name is included in a football's wartime heroes display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.[3]

Doyle wore the jersey numbers 15, during his time with the Frankford Yellow Jackets[4] and number 1 with the Pottsville Maroons.[5]


  1. ^ "Player Profile:Eddie Doyle". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Horrigan, Joe, Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll (1981). "Pottsville Maroons 1925". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association): 1–8. 
  3. ^ a b "Football's wartime heroes". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Uniform Numbers of the NFL: Frankford Yellow Jackets". Ongoing Research Project. Rutgers University. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Uniform Numbers of the NFL: Pottsville Maroons/Boston Bulldogs". Ongoing Research Project. Rutgers University. Retrieved January 22, 2013.