George Tarasovic

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George Tarasovic
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Tarasovic on a 1952 Bowman football card
Position: Linebacker/Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1930-05-06) May 6, 1930 (age 87)
Place of birth: Granville, New York
Career information
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18
Career history

George Kenneth Tarasovic (born May 6, 1930) is a retired collegiate and professional American football player of Rusyn or Slovak descent. His father's family was from a village and municipality located in today's northern Slovakia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Tarasovic graduated from LSU, where he starred as a linebacker. He played 15 seasons in Pro Football, mainly in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also spent time with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles and the American Football League's Denver Broncos.

Tarasovic was named to the UPI 2nd team All-NFL squad in 1959, and he is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Football Hall of Fame. Former New York Giants running back Alex Webster called Tarasovic "One of the toughest SOBs I ever played against."

George's brother, Phil Tarasovic, was captain of Yale's football team in 1955 and was also drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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