Charles Brickley

Charles Brickley
Date of birth (1891-11-24)November 24, 1891
Place of birth Boston, Massachusetts
Date of death December 28, 1949(1949-12-28) (aged 58)
Place of death New York, New York
Career information
Position(s) Fullback
Career history
As coach
1915 Johns Hopkins
1916–1917 Boston College
1917 Massillon Tigers
1920 Fordham
1921 Fordham (backfield)
1921 New York Brickley Giants
As player
1917 Massillon Tigers
1921 New York Brickley Giants
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x Consensus All-American (1913, 1914)
  • College coaching record: 22–9
  • NFL coaching record: 5-3
  • "Ohio League" coaching record: 0-1

Charles Edward Brickley (November 24, 1891 – December 28, 1949) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the Johns Hopkins University in 1915, at Boston College from 1916 to 1917, and at Fordham University in 1920 with Joseph DuMoe as co-coach, compiling a career college football record of 22–9. Brickley also coached the New York Brickley Giants of the American Professional Football Associationnow the National Football Leaguein 1921, tallying a mark of 0–2.

Early life and family

Brickley was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Everett, Massachusetts. He stood 5'10" and weighed 181 pounds during his athletic career.

Athletic career

Brickley attended Harvard College, where he played football from 1911 go 1914 for the Crimson as a fullback and placekicker under head coach Percy Haughton. He was named an All-American in 1913 and 1914. During the 1913 Harvard–Yale game, Brickley kicked all five of Harvard's field goals in the Crimson's 15–5 win over Yale.[1] He set college football records for most field goals made by one player in a single season (13) and most career field goals (34).[2]

Brickley also competed in the triple jump at 1912 Summer Olympics, finishing 9th.[3] At the same Olympics he competed in the baseball event which was held as demonstration sport.

In 1917, Brickley became a player-coach for the Massillon Tigers, of the Ohio League.[4]

Coaching career

Brickley's first coaching job was during his senior year at Harvard, where he served as an assistant to the University of Virginia football team during the team's August practices.[5]

After graduating, Brickley was sought by many schools looking for head coaches, including New York University and Penn State.[6] After initially refusing to coach,[7] Brickley eventually accepted the head coaching job at Johns Hopkins University.[8]

Brickley's drop kick to defeat Dartmouth in 1912.

In 1916, he led Boston College to its first defeat over rival Holy Cross since 1889. He left Boston College in 1918 to join the United States Navy Reserve.[9] Brickley returned to coaching in 1921 as the backfield coach of the Fordham Rams, coaching his youngest brother Arthur. Brickley coached the New York Brickley Giants (Also known as Brickley's Giants or Brickley's Brooklyn Giants) of the National Football League in 1921. In 1922, Brickley was offered the position of head coach at Northwestern, but the two sides could not agree on terms and the school hired Glenn Thistlethwaite instead.[10]

Later life

Brickley did not coach football after the 1921 season. He worked as a stockbroker, shipbuilder, and advertising salesman until his death in 1949 in New York City.[2] He settled in Bronxville, New York, where his two sons attended high school.

In 1923, Brickley was indicted on charges of illegal stock negotiations.[11] He was found not guilty of forgery and larceny by a jury on May 28, 1925.[12] On March 1, 1928 Brickley was found guilty of four counts of larceny and bucketing orders from customers of Charles E. Brickley, Inc., stock brokerage firm, from 1925 to 1927.[13] He was released on parole in December.[14] In 1949, Brickley and his son, Charles, Jr. were arrested after starting a fight in a Manhattan restaurant. According to testimony, the fight began when Brickley overheard somebody say "Is that old bald-headed so-and-so Charlie Brickley, the football player?" [15] or "You mean that old bald-headed man is the great Charlie Brickley?" [2] Brickley died the day the charges against him were to be dismissed.[2]


Brickley's brother George Brickley, played five games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913.[16][17] His youngest brother Arthur Brickley played football and baseball for Columbia (1920), Fordham (1921), and Providence (1923). Brickley's oldest son, Charles "Chick" Brickley, Jr. played football at Yale and was a minor league baseball player for the Boston Red Sox.[18][19][20] His youngest son, John "Bud" Brickley, signed with the New York Giants in 1946 following his discharge from the United States Marine Corps.[21] His grandson, John Brickley, was a kicker for the University of Rhode Island. His grandnephew is former National Hockey League player Andy Brickley.[22]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (Independent) (1915)
1915 Johns Hopkins 6–2
Johns Hopkins: 6–2
Boston College Eagles (Independent) (1916–1917)
1916 Boston College 6–2
1917 Boston College 6–2
Boston College: 12–4
Fordham Rams (Independent) (1920)
1920 Fordham 4–3
Fordham: 4–3
Total: 22–9


  1. "Charlie Brickley, Greatest Drop Kicker in History, Dies". Dixon Evening Telegraph. December 29, 1949. p. 9. Retrieved April 29, 2015 via
  2. 1 2 3 4,2123141&dq=charles+brickley
  4. PFRA Research. "Canton Wins Again 1917" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association: 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-17.
  5. "Brickley Will Help Coach The Virginia Squad". The Christian Science Monitor. August 14, 1914.
  6. "Penn State Feels Sure It Will Land Brickley". Boston Daily Globe. December 6, 1914.
  7. "Charlie Brickley Refuses To Coach". The Hartford Courant. December 3, 1914.
  8. "Brickley Johns Hopkins Coach". The New York Times. July 21, 1915.
  9. "Noted Football Trio All In Service Now". April 4, 1918.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  11. "Charles E. Brickley Indicted for Theft In Illegal Stock Deals in Springfield". The New York Times. May 16, 1923.
  12. "Brickley, Football Star, Not Guilty". The Hartford Courant. May 29, 1925.
  13. "BRICKLEY IS FOUND GUILTY OF LARCENY; Former Harvard Football Star, Boston Broker, Faces Term in Prison". The New York Times. March 2, 1928.
  14. "Brickley, Ex-Grid Star, Released on Parole". December 22, 1928.
  15. "People: Tough All Over". Time. December 26, 1949.
  16. "Brickley With Athletics". Christian Science Monitor. July 29, 1913.
  18. Kuechle, Oliver (September 8, 1939). "Brickley, Jr. to Yale". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  19. "Brickley Junior Elects Baseball Instead of Grid". The Christian Science Monitor. August 29, 1941.
  20. "Charlie Brickley". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  21. "Son Of Famous Father Signs For Pro Grid". AP. February 7, 1946. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
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