Bernie Masterson

Bernard Edward Masterson (August 10, 1911 – May 16, 1963) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 1946 to 1947, compiling a record of 5–13.[1] Masterson played college football at Nebraska from 1931 to 1933.[2] He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Chicago Bears from 1934 to 1940.[3]

Bernie Masterson
Bernie Masterson (1946).jpg
Masterson from 1947 Cornhusker
Biographical details
Born(1911-08-10)August 10, 1911
Shenandoah, Iowa
DiedMay 16, 1963(1963-05-16) (aged 51)
Chicago, Illinois
Playing career
1934–1940Chicago Bears
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1940Stanford (assistant)
1941UCLA (assistant)
1945St. Mary's Pre-Flight
1948NY Yankees (assistant)
1950Iowa (backfield)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
  • Second-team All-Pro (1936)

Playing careerEdit

Masterson was a three-sport athlete at Lincoln High. He was an all-state back in football, a starter on the 1930 state championship basketball team, and a track star.[4]

Masterson c. 1946

Moving on to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, he starred from 1931 to 1933 as a back on three straight unbeaten Big Six championship teams. He was selected All-Big Six in 1933.[5]

Masterson played quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1934 to 1940 when the Bears were known as the "Monsters of the Midway". During his pro career, the Bears were 59–19–3 and were in three NFL championship playoffs. Bernie has an NFL career total of 3,372 passing yards and 35 touchdowns.[6]

Coaching careerEdit

In 1940, Clark Shaughnessy hired Masterson to coach Stanford quarterback Frankie Albert.[7] He came back to Nebraska as head football coach for 1946 and 1947. He went 5–13 in the two seasons as head coach.

Death and honorsEdit

Masterson died of a heart attack in Chicago on May 16, 1963.[8] He was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1977.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Six Conference) (1946–1947)
1946 Nebraska 3–6 3–2 T–3rd
1947 Nebraska 2–7 2–3 4th
Nebraska: 5–13 5–5
Total: 5–13


  1. ^ "Bernard E. "Bernie" Masterson Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2007.
  2. ^ All-Time Football Letterwinners Archived May 12, 2009, at WebCite, University of Nebraska, retrieved August 14, 2010.
  3. ^ Bernie Masterson, Pro Football Reference, retrieved August 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame". 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved January 7, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Huskerpedia". University of Nebraska. Sportspedia, Inc. 1995–2006. Retrieved January 10, 2007.
  6. ^ "". Bernie Masterson. 2002–2006. Archived from the original on August 25, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2007.
  7. ^ Ron Fimrite, A Melding Of Men All Suited To A T; Clark Shaughnessy was a dour theoretician, Frankie Albert an unrestrained quarterback and Stanford a team of losers, but combined they forever changed the game of football, Sports Illustrated, September 5, 1977.
  8. ^ "Bernie Masterson, Played Football for Chicago Bears" (PDF). The New York Times. Associated Press. May 17, 1963. Retrieved November 9, 2010.

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