John Babinecz

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John Babinecz
No. 53
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-07-27) July 27, 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Central Catholic
College: Villanova University
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× All-East (1969, 1970, 1971)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

John Babinecz (born July 27, 1950) is a former American football linebacker who played professionally in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

Babinecz attended Central Catholic High School where he played as a tight end and linebacker, receiving All-Catholic honors in his last two years. He also was the State Catholic champion in the shot put.[1]

He accepted a scholarship from Villanova University, where he became a three-year starter and a three-time All-East selection.[2] In 2003, the school retired his #64 jersey.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys selected Babinecz in the second round (39th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft. In 1973 he missed two games with a pulled back muscle.[3] He was placed on injured waivers before the start of the 1974 season.

Houston Oilers[edit]

Babinecz was claimed by the Houston Oilers and spent the 1974 season on the injured reserve list. He was released before the 1975 season started.

Chicago Bears[edit]

In 1975, he was claimed by the Chicago Bears where he played a reserve role during the season.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

In 1976, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent, but was waived before the season started.[4]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons, but was released before the start of the season.[5]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)[edit]

In 1976, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[6] He was cut on August 28, 1977.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Babinecz currently works as a pediatrician.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Villanova.com - Promotions - Official Athletic site of the Villanova University Wildcats". villanova.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Toledo Blade - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  4. ^ "The Bryan Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  5. ^ "The Tuscaloosa News - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  6. ^ "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Daily News - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22.