Friday, October 1, 2010

Legends of the Fall, Chapter 7

Blogger's note: Apologies for not publishing a Legends of the Fall last week. To make up for the absence, The Varsity Letters will publish two today.

John "Bull" Guzik grew up in tiny Lawrence and attended Cecil Township High School, which is now part of the Canon-McMillan School District. Guzik was one of Cecil's all time greats, a hard-nosed two-way guard who went on to the University of Pittsburgh when the Panthers weren't exactly a national power.

Guzik was a dominant player at Pitt for 1956-58 for head coach John Michelosen. How good was the Washington County native? Good enough to be named first-team All-American in 1958. During the decade of the 1950s, Eldred Kraemer, NFL Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt, future New York Jets and Robert Morris University head coach Joe Walton and Guzik were Pitt's only first-team honorees.

Guzik played in the 1958 East-West Shrine Game and the 1959 College All-Star Game as well as the Hula Bowl. Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round of the 1958 draft (Guzik was a junior), Guzik played with the Rams in 1959 and 1960 before spending the 1961 season with the Houston Oilers. There, he was part of a team that won the AFL championship.

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