Gary Shirk

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Gary Shirk
Date of birth: (1950-02-23) February 23, 1950 (age 65)
Place of birth: Marysville, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Tight end
College: Morehead State
As player:
Memphis Southmen (WFL)
New York Giants
Memphis Showboats (USFL)
Career stats
Playing stats at

Gary Lee Shirk (born February 23, 1950 in Marysville, Ohio) is a former professional American football tight end. He played with the New York Giants of the National Football League for seven seasons. He also played in the World Football League for the Memphis Southmen and in the United States Football League for the Memphis Showboats. Shirk played college football at Morehead State University.

Shirk attended Marysville High School in Ohio before moving onto Morehead State University where he was a four-year starter and was the team MVP in 1972. After playing for Memphis in the WFL in 1974 and 1975, Shirk moved onto the NFL, playing for the New York Giants from 1976 thru 1982. He played in 101 games for NY, with 34 games started, and caught 130 passes for 1640 yards and 11 touchdowns. From 1979-1982, his QB in New York was another former Morehead State Eagle, Phil Simms. Shirk also played for the USFL Memphis Showboats after his NFL playing days. Shirk was inducted into the Kentucky Football of Fame in 2010 for his career at Morehead State.