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Photo of the Day: Last NFL Player to Refuse a Helmet

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Edgar “Eggs” Manske got about all he could out of life.  A small town walk-on who became a college football star.  An NFL standout who played in one of the most famous games ever.  A  World War II veteran who married an Olympian and spent 53 years with her.  Earned a law degree.  Moved west and taught  high school for 20 years.

Edgar ManskeHe was also the last NFL player to suit up without a helmet.

That’s why our RMY Auctions Photo of the Day is not unusual.  Edgar Manske played from the mid-1930s to 1940 without headgear.

It apparently left no lasting effect.

This picture was taken in November of 1940, just weeks before Manske and the Bears pummeled the Washington Redskins 73-0 in the NFL championship game.

From 1935-39 he finished among the top ten in receiving yards, averaging 21 yards per catch.  He was a Wisconsin native who had some duels back in his home state against another 1930’s legendary wide receiver, Don Hutson, when the Packers and Bears got together.

Manske had been a UPI all-American in 1933 and was also a pretty good basketball player, earning all-Big Ten honors in 1933.

He died at age 88 in 2002.

The photo is one of over 300 currently up for bid at RMY Auctions.  Bidding closes tonight.

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