Jack Manders

John Albert "Automatic Jack" Manders (January 13, 1909 – January 29, 1977) was an American football player. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Bears from 1933 to 1940. He's considered pro football's first kicking specialist.

Jack Manders
No. 10
Position:Halfback / Fullback / Placekicker
Personal information
Born:(1909-01-13)January 13, 1909
Milbank, South Dakota
Died:January 29, 1977(1977-01-29) (aged 68)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Milbank (SD)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Manders considered one of the biggest stars of the NFL early years, and was the second pro football player to appear on a Wheaties box.[1] He was also a member of the Chicago team coached by George Halas that defeated the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL Championship Game by the memorable score of 73-0.

He was the older brother of Clarence "Pug" Manders.


  1. ^ "When 'Automatic Jack' wowed Wheaties fans".