Anthony Zuzzio

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Anthony Zuzzio
Tony Zuzzio.jpg
Zuzzio from The 1939 Ciarella
Date of birth August 5, 1916
Place of birth Irvington, New Jersey
Date of death April 7, 2002(2002-04-07) (aged 85)
Place of death Lawrence, Kansas
Career information
Position(s) Tackle, Guard
College Muhlenberg
Career history
As player
1942 Detroit Lions
Career stats

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Zuzzio (August 5, 1916 – April 7, 2002) was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions during the 1942 NFL season. He also played college football for Muhlenberg College in 1938 and 1939.

Early years[edit]

Zuzzio was born in 1916 in Irvington, New Jersey.[1] His father, Charles Zuzzio, worked as a nickel polisher.[2] He attended Belleville High School in Belleville, New Jersey.[1]

Football player[edit]

Zuzzio attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[3] He played college football at Muhlenberg under head coach Doggie Julian as a tackle during the 1938 and 1939 seasons.[4][5][6]

In 1942, Zuzzio played professional football as a lineman for the Detroit Lions.[3] He appeared in two games for the Lions during the 1942 season,[7] before he was drafted into military service.[8] He was released by the Lions on September 30, 1942,[9]

Military service and later years[edit]

Zuzzio enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 7, 1942.[10] He served throughout World War II and was discharged in 1946. He received the American Theater Ribbon (for service in the American Theater of Operations), Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.[1]

After the war, Zuzzio became a high school teacher and coach.[8]

In 1977, Zuzzio was inducted into the Belleville High School Hall of Fame.[1] From 1964 to 1966, he also worked as a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.[8]

In April 2002, Zuzzio died at age 85 in Lawrence, Kansas.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Zuzzio services". Lawrence Journal-World. April 10, 2002. 
  2. ^ Census entry for Charles Zuzzio. Son, Anthony Zuzzio, was age 13. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1930; Census Place: Belleville, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: 1327; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 320; Image: 936.0; FHL microfilm: 2341062.
  3. ^ a b "Tony Zuzzio". Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mules Point for Holiday Victory Here". Reading Eagle. November 22, 1938. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Muhlenberg Shows Way: Gains Verdict by 13-6 in Game With Drexel Combination". The New York Times. November 6, 1938. 
  6. ^ "Berks Lads Among 17 Mule Seniors". Reading Eagle. November 28, 1939. 
  7. ^ "Players-Tony Zuzzio". Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "Anthony Zuzzio (obituary)". Topeka Capital Journal. April 10, 2002. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Grid Lions Drop Two, Rehire One". The Pittsburgh Press. September 30, 1942. 
  10. ^ Enlistment record for Anthony J. Zuzzio, born 1916. National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line].
  11. ^ "Anthony J. Zuzzio". The Morning Call (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania). April 11, 2002. 
  12. ^ "Former Lions Guard Zuzzio Dies". Associated Press Archive. April 11, 2002. 

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