John Babinecz

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John Babinecz
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-07-27) July 27, 1950 (age 63)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Central Catholic
College: Villanova University
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Debuted in 1972
Last played in 1976
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x All-East selection (1969, 1970, 1971)
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John Babinecz (born July 27, 1950) is a former American football linebacker who played professionally in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

Babinecz attended Central Catholic High School.[1] He received a scholarship for Villanova University, was a three-year starter and a three-time All-East selection.[2] In 2003, the school retired his #64 jersey.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys selected Babinecz in the second round (39th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft. In 1973 he lost two games with a pulled back muscle.[3] He was placed on injured waivers before the start of the 1974 season.

Houston Oilers[edit]

He was claimed by the Houston Oilers and spent the 1974 season on the injured reserve list. He was released before the 1975 season started.

Chicago Bears[edit]

In 1975, he was claimed by the Chicago Bears where he played a reserve role during the season.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

In 1976, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent, but was released before the season started.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is currently a pediatrician in the Philadelphia area.