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Ray Wietecha

Ray Wietecha (Pro football.  Born, East Chicago, IN, Nov. 4, 1928; died, Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 24, 2002.)  An ironman center who played 124 games in a row at center for the Giants, Raymond Walter Wietecha was drafted in 1950.  Wietecha had been the all-Big 10 center for the Northwestern team that won the 1949 Rose […]

Arnie Weinmeister

Arnie Weinmeister (Pro football.  Born, Rhine, Sask., Mar. 23, 1923; died, Seattle, WA, June 28, 2000.)  A hard-hitting tackle who was a versatile two-way player, Arnold G. Weinmeister joined the A.A.F.C. Yankees from the University of Washington in 1948.  When the A.A.F.C. folded after the 1949 season, Weinmeister moved to the N.F.L. Giants, where he […]

Ken Strong

Ken Strong (College and pro football.  Born, West Haven, CT, Apr. 21, 1906; died, New York, NY, Oct. 5, 1979.)  An early star for the Football Giants, and rated by most as New York University’s greatest athlete, Elmer Kenneth Strong was the leader of a college football team that enjoyed the greatest success in the school’s history.  […]

Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan (Pro football.  Born, Houston, TX, Nov. 21, 1971.)  The Giants’ career sacks leader, Michael Anthony Strahan, a second-round draft choice out of Texas Southern, missed seven games as a rookie with a foot injury. Strahan joined the starting lineup as a defensive end in 1994, his second season, and began to fulfill the promise originally held out […]

Bob Sheppard

Bob Sheppard (Public address.  Born, Richmond Hill, Queens, Oct. 20, 1910; died, Baldwin, NY, July 11, 2010.)  Robert Leo Sheppard possessed one of the most memorable voices in the history of New York sports and a style of enunciation that has never been equalled.  Although almost everyone associates him with New York Yankees baseball games, where […]

Bob Schnelker

Bob Schnelker  (Pro football.  Born, Gahon, O., Oct. 17, 1928.)  Slow-footed but sure-handed, Robert Bernard Schnelker caught 189 passes for 3,312 yards (16.2 average) in seven seasons with the Giants.  Obtained from Philadelphia, Schnelker joined the Giants in 1954, playing for an N.F.L. championship team in 1956 and two division winners (1958, ’59).  In the 1959 […]

Otto Schnellbacher

Otto Schnellbacher (Pro football.  Born, Sublette, KS, Apr. 15, 1923; died, Topeka, KS, Mar. 10, 2008.)  Though he was with the team for only two seasons (1950-51), Otto Schnellbacher was a corner of Giants coach Steve Owen’s (q.v.) “umbrella defense.”  Along with Tom Landry (q.v.), Harmon Rowe, and Emlen Tunnell (q.v.), Schnellbacher formed a unit that […]

Walter Koppisch

Walter Koppisch (College football. Born, Pennington, NY, June 6, 1901; died, New York, NY, Nov. 5, 1953.) Ranked among the major names in New York sports in the 1920s, Walter Frederick Koppisch is the only three-time captain in Columbia football history. Koppisch first came to notice in 1921 as a freshman, scoring six touchdowns for […]

Doug Kotar

Doug Kotar (Pro football. Born, Canonsburg, PA, June 11, 1951; died, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 16, 1983.) Acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers in July 1974, Douglas Allan Kotar became a very productive running back during his seven seasons (1974-80) with the Giants. Kotar led the Giants in rushing in 1976 (731 yards) and 1978 (625). He […]

Rich Kotite

Rich Kotite (Pro football. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 13, 1942.) Though largely remembered for two disastrous seasons as head coach of the Jets, Richard Edward Kotite was a record-setting receiver at Wagner and did two tours as a player for the Giants. Kotite transferred to Wagner from Miami (O.) and, at the time of his […]

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