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Bill Swiacki

Bill Swiacki (College football.  Born, Southbridge, MA, Oct. 2, 1925; died, Southbridge, MA, July 7, 1976.)  A starting end at Holy Cross before World War II, William Swiacki became an all-American at Columbia in 1947.  He led the Lions with 18 receptions for 392 yards and five touchdowns in 1946 and 31 for 517 yards and four scores in 1947.  Like many of his teammates, Swiacki’s most famous game came on Oct. 25, 1947, when he caught nine passes against Army in the Lions’ 21-20 upset that ended the Cadets’ 32-game unbeaten streak.  One reception was for a 28-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and another (at the Army six) set up the winning score.  Swiacki then played three seasons for the Giants (1948-50) and two for Detroit (1951-52).  He had 106 receptions for 1,482 yards and 17 touchdowns with the Giants.  Swiacki was an assistant coach for the Giants (1954), head coach of Toronto in the C.F.L. (1955-56), and an assistant with the Los Angeles Rams (1958).  He then went into the insurance and real estate business in his hometown.  Swiacki died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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