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Cecil Isbell


Cecil Frank Isbell

Inducted 1967

Date of Birth



Houston, TX


Purdue University (1935-1937)


Cecil Isbell played left halfback for Purdue 1935-37 and excelled as a runner, passer and punter. In 1936, he was responsible for 15 of Purdue's 23 touchdowns; in 1936 and 1937, he received second-team All-America mention. In 1938, he was named Most Valuable Player as the College All-Stars beat the Washington Redskins 28-16. He played for the Green Bay Packers 1938-42 and went into coaching with the following history: 1943, assistant coach, Purdue; 1944-46, head coach, Purdue (with a 14-14-1 record); 1947-49, head coach, Baltimore Colts; 1950-51, assistant coach, Chicago Cardinals; 1952-53, assistant coach, Louisiana State. Isbell then became sales manager for a steel products firm in Milwaukee. He had a brother, Cody, who played end at Purdue at the same time as Cecil.


Height 6'1

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1937 All-Conference
  • 1937 Third Team All-America
  • 1936 All-Conference
  • 1936 Second Team All-America
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