Bob Skoronski

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Bob Skoronski
Bob Skoronski.jpg
No. 76
Position:Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Born:(1934-03-05)March 5, 1934
Ansonia, Connecticut, U.S.
Died:October 30, 2018(2018-10-30) (aged 84)
near Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Fairfield (CT) Prep
College:Indiana
NFL Draft:1956 / Round: 5 / Pick: 56
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Bob Skoronski (born Robert Francis Skowronski;[1] March 5, 1934 – October 30, 2018) was an American football player who played tackle in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers for eleven seasons.[2]

Early years[edit]

Born in Ansonia, Connecticut, Skoronski grew up in Derby[3] with Three brothers and a sister.[4] He went to high school at Fairfield College Preparatory School, graduating in 1951.[5] He then attended Admiral Billard Academy in New London for a year.[6] He played college football at Indiana University in Bloomington.[7] As a senior in 1955, he was the Hoosiers' most valuable player and averaged fifty minutes per game.[8]

Playing career[edit]

Skoronski was selected in the fifth round of the 1956 NFL draft, 56th overall, by the Green Bay Packers.[9] He started at left tackle in his rookie season in 1956 under third-year head coach Lisle Blackbourn, and then served two years in the U.S. Air Force.[7][9] Skoronski returned to the team in 1959, the first season under head coach Vince Lombardi.[9]

Skoronski was the offensive left tackle and offensive captain on Lombardi's five NFL championship teams.[9] He played in the Pro Bowl following the 1966 season (and the first Super Bowl).[10]

Following his eleventh season in the NFL, Skoronski retired in June 1969,[11][12] and was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1976.[13]

In 2017, the Professional Football Researchers Association named Skoronski to the PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2017.[13]

Personal life death[edit]

Skoronski met his wife Ruth in college and they married in 1956. They had four children, three boys and a girl (Bob, Steve, Ron and Patti), and four grandchildren.[14][15]

He died on October 30, 2018 of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 84 in Middleton, Wisconsin, where he and his wife had retired.[16][17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayko, Michael P. "Derby's Bob Skoronski, Green Bay Packer legend dies". News Times. Hearst Media Services Connecticut, LLC. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  2. ^ Montgomery, Roger (February 3, 1975). "Bob Skoronski may begin new career". The Day. New London, Connecticut. p. 26.
  3. ^ Mayko, Michael P. "Derby's Bob Skoronski, Green Bay Packer legend dies". News Times. Hearst Media Services Connecticut, LLC. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  4. ^ Mayko, Michael P. "Derby's Bob Skoronski, Green Bay Packer legend dies". News Times. Hearst Media Services Connecticut LLC. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ Harrison, Don. "A Gridiron Great". Townvibe Fairield. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  6. ^ Mayko, Michael P. "Derby's Bob Skoronski, Green Bay Packer legend dies". News Times. Hearst Media Services Connecticut LLC. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Skoronski wins key; Billard stay helped". The Day. New London, Connecticut. November 15, 1974. p. 20.
  8. ^ Lea, Bud (January 25, 1956). "Packers sign Burris, Morris, Skoronski". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 4, part 2.
  9. ^ a b c d "Skoronski, Knafelc join Packer fold". Milwaukee Sentinel. April 11, 1959. p. 6, part 2.
  10. ^ St. Amant, Joe (January 20, 1967). "Unitas gets Pro Bowl nod over Starr". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. UPI. p. 2C.
  11. ^ "Career ends for Skoronski". Milwaukee Journal. June 10, 1969. p. 15, part 2.
  12. ^ Lea, Bud (June 11, 1969). "Retirements force Pack to revamp line". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  13. ^ a b "PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2017". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  14. ^ Mayko, Michael P. "Derby's Bob Skoronski, Green Bay Packer legend dies". News Times. Hearst Media Services Connecticut LLC. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  15. ^ Harrison, Don. "A Gridiron Great". Townvibe Fairield. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Heralded former Packers offensive lineman Bob Skoronski dies at 84". www.packers.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  17. ^ Former Green Bay Packers OL Bob Skoronski dies at 84
  18. ^ Ryman, Richard. "Bob Skoronski, Packers Hall of Fame tackle, dead at 84". Green Bay Press gazette. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

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