Sam Brazinsky

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Sam Brazinsky played at Kulpmont High School from 1935 through 1938. He was the starting center and linebacker of the Kulpmont High State Championship team In 1938. Sam also participated in basketball and track in high school. He once scored a high of 39 points in one game, which was a record for that time. He also finished second in the high jump at the Pennsylvania State finals at Penn State University.

HE attended Villanova University from 1939 to 1943 on a football scholarship. After graduation, he joined the United States Marines Air Force in 1943. There, he played for the Cherry Point Marines football team and was selected on the All-Service Team of the South. In 1945, he was the starting center on the Great El Toro Flying Marines of California. This team had 27 former All-Americans and a number of pros playing for it. In one game against St. Mary’s pre-flight Navy team from San Francisco, he brought down Lenny Eshmont of Mt. Carmel Township in the open field on a tackle that prevented, or would have been the tying touchdown. As a result of Sam’s tackle, the Marines went on to win the game 7-0 and won the All-Service Championship.

Sam also played in what was the first Pro Bowl game in the coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif. At that time, the All-Service team played against the NFL team. He started at center for the All-Service team. After World War II, he signed professionally to play with the Buffalo Bills.

He and his wife, the former Dorothy Sebes of Mount Carmel, have operated the family shoe store in New Jersey for the past 30 years. He has two sons, Sam, Jr. and Jack.

Categories: 1986 Hall of Fame