- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 11, 2024
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Versatility! An often over-used word to describe someone’s ability to play a number of positions. Jerry Brazinski took it to another level. Before settling on being a tight end and placekicker, Jerry played every offensive line position (5), halfback, fullback, punter, kicker ( kick-offs and extra points), both defensive end spots and nose guard – total – 14. Playing for coach Joe Jazz Diminick in 1963 and 64, Brazinski would earn honorable mention to the Big 33 as a tight end following the 1964 season. He also made good on 52 of 75 extra point kicks over 2 seasons and would lead the Eastern Conference in 1964 with 25 of 35. He still holds the MCA record for most field goals attempted in a game with 5 vs Kulpmont in 1963. That ’63 team would go 10-1 with their only loss to Pottsville by a score a 14-6.
Brazinski was also a four-year letter winner in track and field for Hall of Fame Coach Gerald Breslin. His versatility again showed up as a hurdler, jumper, and pole vaulter. He was the Eastern Conference Southern Division pole vault champion
Following graduation in 1965, Jerry would attend Millersville University and Bucks County Community College before entering the military. He continued his love of sports by winning the Fort Monroe Base Championship in flag football and by serving as his team’s pitcher in fast-pitch softball. He then served in Vietnam with the 545th Military Police Company of the First Air Cavalry Division. He cam home with a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and Army Commendation Medal, and The Air Medal
He would continue his sports affiliations as a coach of the Bensalem Ramblers and a 12 year old All Star Travel Team. He would coach football at Assumpta Academy in Wynwood and was the defensive co-ordinator for the Frankford Yellowjackets, an Eastern League semi-pro football team.
Jerry currently resides in Bensalem with his wife Anne (Brophy). They are parents of three children Meghan, Brian, and Eric. Brazinski is the president and owner of Park Avenue Wine and Spirit Company, and is an importer, distributor and broker of fine wines. Brazinski joins teammate and classmate Wayne Shierent as inductees in the Romance Chapter Class of 2007.