Columbus Bullies
Founded 1939
Folded 1942
Based in Columbus, Ohio, United States
Home field Red Bird Stadium
League American Football League II (1939)
American Football League III (1940-41)
Team History Columbus Bullies (1939-41)
Team Colors Red, Orange, White


AFL III Championship wins 1940, 1941

The Columbus Bullies were a professional football team founded by Phil H. Bucklew in Columbus, Ohio in 1938. The Bullies started out as a member of the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in 1939. Later, in 1940, the Bullies joined the Cincinnati Bengals and Milwaukee Chiefs in leaving the APFA and becoming charter members of a new American Football League. Playing in Red Bird Stadium, the Bullies won both AFL Championships prior to ceasing operations when the AFL disbanded due to World War II.[1][2][3] The Bullies defeated the Milwaukee Chiefs in 1940, and the New York Americans in 1941 in the only two AFL Championships. [4]

The Bullies are one of only two major league American football teams to have ever lost to a current Canadian Football League team; the Bullies lost to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (then an amateur team in the WIFU) in a 1941 game; the Bullies responded, however, by defeating Winnipeg twice in the next two games of the three game series.[1] (The other American team to lose to a Canadian team is the modern Buffalo Bills, who lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1961.)

Won-Lost records Edit


1939 811.889


1940 811.889
1941 512.833


  1. Columbus Bullies - Ohio History Central - A product of the Ohio Historical Society
  2. Hollingsworth, Philip K.. "Champions of Leagues That No Longer Exist". Retrieved 02 December 2009.
  3. Powers, Scott (December 2, 1989). "Hall of Fame honoree a legend in the Navy". Columbus Dispatch.
  4. American Football League I Franchise History

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