Fred Enke (American football)

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Fred Enke
Fred Enke - 1948 Bowman.jpg
Enke on a 1948 Bowman football card
Date of birth (1924-12-15)December 15, 1924
Place of birth Louisville, Kentucky
Date of death April 13, 2014(2014-04-13) (aged 89)
Place of death Casa Grande, Arizona
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback
College Arizona
NFL draft 1948 / Round: 7 / Pick: 47
Career history
As player
1948–1951 Detroit Lions
1952 Philadelphia Eagles
1953–1954 Baltimore Colts
Career stats

Frederick William Enke (December 15, 1924 – April 13, 2014) was a professional American football quarterback who played in seven National Football League (NFL) seasons from 1948 to 1954 for the Detroit Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Baltimore Colts. He started for the Lions for two years. Enke played college football at the University of Arizona and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1948 NFL Draft.

Enke was inducted into the Arizona High School Sports Hall of Fame as an inaugural member in 2007. He graduated from Tucson High School as a three-sport star (football, baseball, basketball) in 1943 after starting a 52-game winning streak for the school as quarterback. He was a two-time All State quarterback leading the Badgers to the State Championship in all three sports during the 1942–43 school year. He was the first Arizonan to start as a quarterback in the NFL.

After leaving the NFL, Enke retired to Casa Grande, Arizona to become a cotton farmer.[1]

His father, Fred August Enke, was a college basketball coach.[1] He died in 2014 of dementia at the age of 89.[2]


  1. ^ a b Hansen, Greg (January 21, 2014). Former UA, NFL QB Enke still stands tall. Arizona Daily Star.
  2. ^ Obituary (April 14, 2014). Ex-Arizona 3-sport star, NFL QB Fred Enke dies Sacramento Bee.