Vic Obeck

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Vic Obeck
Date of birth: (1917-03-28)March 28, 1917
Place of birth: Audubon, New Jersey
Date of death: April 21, 1979(1979-04-21) (aged 62)
Place of death: New York City
Career information
Position(s): Guard/Tackle
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
College: Springfield College
Organizations
As administrator:
1947–1955
1955–1956
1957–1966
1966
1968
McGill (Athletic director)
Montreal Alouettes (General manager)
NYU (Athletic director)
Brooklyn Dodgers (Executive VP)
Westchester Bulls (Vice president)
As coach:
1941
1947–1953
Akron (Asst. coach)
McGill (Head coach)
As player:
1945
1946
Chicago Cardinals
Brooklyn Dodgers

Victor Francis Joseph "Vic" Obeck (March 28, 1917 – April 21, 1979)[1] was a gridiron football player, coach, and executive.

Obeck played high school football at Audubon High School, where his team won the New Jersey state championship.[2] He played tackle at Springfield College from 1938 to 1940. He served as an assistant football coach at the University of Akron for one season before joining the United States Navy.[3] Following his discharge, he played for the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League and Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America Football Conference.[4]

In 1947, Obeck was named head football coach and athletic director at McGill University. He stepped down as head football coach in 1953 and left the school entirely in 1955 to become the general manager of the Montreal Alouettes.[5] He posted a 23–22–2 record at McGill and a 20–6 record with the Alouettes. The Alouettes appeared in the Grey Cup during both of Obeck's seasons as GM.

While in Montreal, Obeck hosted The Vic Obeck Show also known as Vic Obeck's Parade of Sports, a television show dedicated to sports with an emphasis on football.[6]

Obeck returned to the United States in 1957 to become the athletic director at New York University.[7] Obeck left NYU in 1966 and later that year became the Executive Vice President of the Brooklyn Dodgers of the Continental Football League.[8] The team disbanded after one season and in 1968 he joined front office staff of the Atlantic Coast Football League's Westchester Bulls.[9] In 1964 he wrote and published a book on isometric exercise called How to Exercise Without Moving A Muscle.

While at NYU, Obeck served as a college and high school basketball color commentator for WPIX; calling games alongside future Basketball Hall of Famer Marty Glickman.[10]

Obeck returned to Canada in 1969, working public relations for a security agency and establishing youth football camps.[11][12] He also served as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee and was a publicist during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.[13][14]

Obeck died on April 21, 1979 in New York City.[15]

In 2009, Obeck was inducted to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vic Obeck, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed February 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Dean, Robert. Popularity Of Football Owes Much to Vic Obeck: McGill Coach Unofficial Ambassador of Good-Will for Fall Pastime, The Canadian Register, October 2, 1948. Accessed February 26, 2011. "When Vic was of high school age, his family moved to New Jersey, where he starred on the Audubon High School eleven, New Jersey high school champions."
  3. ^ "Obeck in Navy". Christian Science Monitor. March 12, 1942. 
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/O/ObecVi20.htm
  5. ^ "Vic Obeck Swings Over From McGill". Canadian Press. December 9, 1954. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  6. ^ http://www.tvarchive.ca/database/18945/vic_obeck_show/details/
  7. ^ "Vic Obeck Named". Christian Science Monitor. April 26, 1957. 
  8. ^ "Obeck Joins Brooklyn Club's Executive Staff". The Hartford Courant. August 24, 1966. 
  9. ^ "Football Post to Obeck". New York Times. May 23, 1968. 
  10. ^ http://www.mcgill.ca/channels/spotlight/item/?item_id=107634
  11. ^ Marv Moss (August 7, 1969). "Vic Obeck back". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  12. ^ Dink Caroll (June 8, 1971). "Als aware homebred talen key to successful operation". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  13. ^ Michael Gibbons (December 30, 1975). "Olympic Games--summer excitement in Montreal". Christian Science Monitor. 
  14. ^ http://www.mcgill.ca/channels/spotlight/item/?item_id=107634
  15. ^ http://www.mcgill.ca/channels/spotlight/item/?item_id=107634
  16. ^ http://www.mcgill.ca/channels/spotlight/item/?item_id=107634