Walter Matuszczak

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Walter Matuszczak
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: February 5, 1918[1]
Lowville, New York
Died: November 18, 2001
Syracuse, New York
Career information
College: Cornell
NFL Draft: 1941 / Round: 10 / Pick: 87
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-American (1939)
    All Polish-American Second Team (1939)
    Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame (1979)

Walter John Matuszczak later changed the spelling of his last name to Matuszak (February 5, 1918- November 18, 2001) was an American football player and veterinarian. Founder of DeWitt Animal Hospital in New York, he practiced there until 1971. Dr. Matuszak owned Wa-Noa Golf Club in East Syracuse, New York. A World War II veteran, Dr. Matuszak served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps.[2]
A native of Lowville, New York, son of a Polish immigrants- Kasper J. Matuszczak and Marianna; Matuszczak was the youngest of twelve children. He played college football for the Cornell Big Red football team and was selected by the New York Sun as the first-team quarterback on the 1939 College Football All-America Team.[3] He was named to the Second 1939 College Football All Polish-American Team.[4] He was also elected as the captain of Cornell's 1940 football team. He also played for Cornell's basketball and baseball teams.[5] He as inducted into the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979.[6]
Graduation from Cornell in 1941 - the same year he was selected by the New York Giants in the 10th round of the draft - he entered the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 1943.[7]
He married Mildred C. Nohle on August 22, 1942; two daughters: Judith L. Hodhe, Diane J. Tsibulsky, two sons: W. David Matuszak, Charles Matuszak.


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  3. ^ "N.Y. Sun Picks All American". Modesto Bee And News-Herald. December 2, 1939. 
  4. ^ Rosiak, A. J. (December 24, 1939). "In The Polish Colony". The Sunday Morning Star. p. 14. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Matuszczak '41 Elected 1940 Football Captain". The Cornell Daily Sun. November 27, 1939. 
  6. ^ "Walter J. Matuszczak". Cornell University. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
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