- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 18, 2023
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Lenny Kuczewski epitomized the football player who used courage, quickness, desire and brains to overcome his lack of size, and become an outstanding high school and college football player.
He was, along with previous inductee, Ralph Menapace, one of Mike Terry’s famous “watch charm guards”. He had a sixth sense, which gave him the ability to diagnose plays quickly, and he was able to make tackled in the opponent’s backfield over and over.
After graduating from high school, he felt he was too small for college football and joined the Army. The lure of the gridiron became too much for him, however, and he soon found himself in a football uniform while in the service. He performed so well as a member of some service teams for talent that they knew would be available as soon as the war ended.
Coach Bob Devaney of the University of Wyoming saw something special in Lenny Kuczewskiu. Coach Devaney came to Mount Carmel and recruited Lenny between shifts at a local coal mine. With the encouragement of his family and friends, he decided to give college football a shot. He attended the University of Wyoming, and was an outstanding lineman, and captained the team in his senior year. He was named most valuable player in the Sun Bowl.