Otto Schnellbacher

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Otto Schnellbacher
Otto Schnellbacher - 1951 Bowman.jpg
Schnellbacher on a 1951 Bowman football card
Born:(1923-04-15)April 15, 1923
Sublette, Kansas
Died:March 10, 2008(2008-03-10) (aged 84)
Topeka, Kansas
Career information
Position(s)Defensive back
NFL draft1947 / Round: 25 / Pick: 231
(by the Chicago Cardinals)
Career history
As player
1948–1949New York Yankees (AAFC)
1950–1951New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls(1950, 1951)
Career stats

Otto Ole Schnellbacher (April 15, 1923 – March 10, 2008) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He was a 2-time Pro Bowler. Also a professional basketball player, Schnellbacher played for the Basketball Association of America's Providence Steamrollers and St. Louis Bombers in 1948–49. In college, Schnellbacher was a two-sport star at the University of Kansas, earning him the nickname "the double threat from Sublette". On the gridiron, Schnellbacher, along with teammate Ray Evans, was KU's first football All-American in 1947. That same season, Schnellbacher led the Jayhawks to a Big 6 conference title and an Orange Bowl berth. Schnellbacher also excelled in basketball, where he was a four-time first-team all-conference selection (one of only three Jayhawks to do so). He was a member of the 1943 Big Six conference championship team (which also featured All-American teammates Charles B. Black and the aforementioned Ray Evans) that is regarded as one of the program's greatest teams.

Schnellbacher died aged 84, from cancer.[1]

BAA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1948–49 Providence 23 .288 .630 .8 4.4
1948–49 St. Louis 20 .364 .696 2.3 8.7
Career 43 .332 .669 1.5 6.4


Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1949 St. Louis 2 .300 .500 3.0 9.0
Career 2 .300 .500 3.0 9.0


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