|Birth Day:||May 4, 1903|
|Death Date:||Jun 30, 1973 (age 70)|
|Birth Place:||Davenport, United States|
Layden was appointed commissioner in February 1941. His appointment was not voted on by the entire league, which upset owners Alexis Thompson, Bert Bell, and Dan Topping. Chicago Bears owner George Halas contended that Layden's hiring was legal because it had been agreed upon by a majority of owners. Layden was signed to a five-year contract with an annual salary of $20,000.