Harry Ulinski

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Harry Ulinski
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Ulinski on a 1950 Bowman football card
No. 56, 50
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1925-04-04)April 4, 1925
Place of birth: Ambridge, Pennsylvania
Date of death: April 20, 2008(2008-04-20) (aged 83)
Place of death: St. Matthews, Kentucky
Career information
High school: Ambridge (PA)
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 1950 / Round: 4 / Pick: 45
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1955)
  • UK Athletic Hall of Fame (2005)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 72
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Harry John Ulinski (April 4, 1925 – April 20, 2008) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at the University of Kentucky and was selected in the fourth round of the 1950 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Ulinski was born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania and attended Ambridge High School, where he played football, basketball and track.[1] After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II from 1943 to 1946.[1] He was inducted into the Beaver County, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.[2]

College career[edit]

After the war, Ulinski attended and played college football at the University of Kentucky under coach Bear Bryant. As a freshman, he shared quarterbacking duties with future Hall of Famer George Blanda but then switched to center and linebacker as a sophomore.[1] In 1947, he played in Kentucky's first bowl game, a 24-14 win against Villanova University in the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl.[3] He got married after his junior year and Bryant revoked his football scholarship. Ulinski considered transferring to Eastern Kentucky University to play basketball, but changed his mind after the marriage rule was rescinded.[1] As team co-captain during his senior year, he led the team to the 1950 Orange Bowl against the University of Santa Clara, which they lost 21-13. After graduation, he played in the Chicago College All-Star Game against the Philadelphia Eagles and upset the Eagles, 17-7.[4] Ulinski became a charter member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Ulinski was drafted in the fourth round of the 1950 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played center for the Redskins for two years before a contract dispute with owner George Preston Marshall forced him to go to the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the 1952 season.[1] After the hiring of Curly Lambeau as head coach, Ulinski rejoined the Redskins in 1953 and played for the franchise for four more seasons.

Personal life[edit]

Ulinski was married to his wife, Ann, for 59 years and had two children. During the offseason, he usually worked as a substitute teacher, although one year he took a job digging ditches. After retiring from football in 1956, he lived in Louisville, Kentucky, where he worked as a salesman for Hubbell Metals and National Steel Corporation. He retired in the late 1980s.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Holley, Joe (April 25, 2008). "Harry Ulinski, 83; Redskins Center in 1950s". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ "Harry Ulinski ∙ Football ∙ Ambridge". Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Harry Ulinski Passes Away". University of Kentucky. April 23, 2008. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  4. ^ Kuechle, Oliver E. (August 12, 1950). "College stars spring startling upset". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "UK Creates Athletics Hall of Fame". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 

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