George Savitsky

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George Savitsky
No. 75
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1924-07-30)July 30, 1924
Place of birth: New York, New York
Date of death: September 4, 2012(2012-09-04) (aged 88)
Place of death: Somers Point, New Jersey
Career information
College: Penn
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 5 / Pick: 30
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 24
Games started: 0
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

George Michael Savitsky (July 30, 1924 – September 4, 2012) was an American football [offensive tackle]] in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at the University of Pennsylvania where he excelled as both an offensive and defensive tackle, and became the only four-year All American of the 20th century. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. During the summers of his college years, the versatile Savitsky taught swimming and diving at the Flanders Hotel pools in Ocean City, NJ. He was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 1947 NFL Draft.

Savitsky was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

Savitsky, at six feet three and 252 pounds, is considered one of best two-way tackles in the history of college football. While at Penn, he helped to mentor fellow college All-Americans Tony Minisi and college and pro football Hall Of Famer Chuck Bednarik. Due to the low pay scale in the NFL in the late 1940s, he retired from pro football and entered dental school; thereafter he enjoyed a long and successful career as a dentist in southern New Jersey. For years, Savitsky was a member of the "Mungermen," a group of former Penn players under Hall-of-Fame coach George Munger who gathered periodically on game days. He died in Somers Point, New Jersey in 2012 at the age of 88.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Savitsky, of Eagles' '48-'49 champs, dies at 88". Csnphilly.com. Retrieved 2012-09-06.