Dick Alban

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Dick Alban
51 Dick Alban football card.jpg
No. 42
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1929-01-17)January 17, 1929
Place of birth: Hanover, Pennsylvania
Date of death: April 8, 2016(2016-04-08) (aged 87)
Place of death: Newtown Township, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school: La Porte (IN)
College: Northwestern
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 9 / Pick: 103
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 96
Interceptions: 30
Fumble recoveries: 6
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Richard Herbert "Dick" Alban (January 17, 1929 – April 8, 2016) was an American football defensive back who played eight seasons for the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). Alban played college football at Northwestern University, where he was used at halfback and on defense.

Alban was drafted in the ninth round of the 1952 NFL Draft and started all 12 games for the Redskins his rookie year. His best season came in 1954, where he finished second in the league in interceptions with nine and was selected to his only Pro Bowl. He was traded to the Steelers in 1956 and retired after the 1959 campaign.

Early career[edit]

Alban was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and attended La Porte High School in La Porte, Indiana, where he graduated in 1948.[1][2] While in La Porte, Alban was named to the United Press International All-State football team in 1946 and 1947.[2] For his accomplishments, Alban was later inducted to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1980.[2]

Alban played college football for Northwestern between 1949 and 1951. Alban joined a team that won the Rose Bowl the previous year. He was injured at the start of his first season, however, Alban caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Don Burson in a 38-20 victory against Colgate University on November 12.[3]

He teamed up with Chuck Hren at halfback for the 1951 campaign. He rushed for 101 yards, including a 69-yard carry for a touchdown during an October 20 victory over Navy.[4] He was selected to participate as a member of the East squad in the East–West Shrine Game and as a member of the North squad at the Senior Bowl at years' end.[5][6]

NFL career[edit]

In 1954, Alban had nine interceptions and was selected to his only Pro Bowl.[7] On April 24, 1956, Alban was traded to the Detroit Lions for Dick Stanfel. The Lions then traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers for offensive tackle Dick Modzelewski.[8] In 1958, Alban had five interceptions for 25 yards and a forced fumble.[7] Three of the interceptions came in a 24-16 win against his old team the Redskins on November 2.[9] He finished fourth in the league with six interceptions in 1959.[7] During an October 11 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, Alban returned an interception for 46 yards, the longest in his career.[7][10] He announced his retirement at the end of the year.

He finished his career with 30 interceptions in 96 games played.[7] He died on April 8, 2016 at the age of 87.[11]

Later life[edit]

Alban later became an executive for an athletic clothing manufacturer in Memphis, Tennessee.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dick Alban Statistics". Database Football. databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "ALBAN, RICHARD "DICK"". Indiana Football Hall of Fame. 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cats Claw Colgate". The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. Associated Press. November 19, 1949. p. 19. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wildcats Long Runs Beat Navy". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International. October 21, 1951. p. 67. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Janowitz Late for East Drills". Ludington Daily News. Associated Press. December 21, 1951. p. 7. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Weatherall and Alban Added to North Roster". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. December 10, 1951. p. 23. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Dick Alban NFL Football Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Livingston, Pat (April 25, 1956). "Steelers Land Defensive Ace for 'Little Mo'". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Bradis, Joe (November 3, 1958). "Pittsburgh Defeats the Redskins 24-16". The Charleston News and Courier. Associated Press. p. 4. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Eagles Get Past Steelers". The Milwaukee Sentinel. United Press International. October 12, 1959. p. 7. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Obituary

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