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Ernie Koy, Jr.

Ernie Koy, Jr. (Pro football. Born, Bellville, TX, Oct. 22, 1942.) A 225-pound running back from the U. of Texas, Ernest Melvin Koy was a No. 1 draft choice by the Giants in 1965. Koy was a member of the “Baby Bulls” backfield with 220-pounders Steve Thurlow and Tucker Frederickson. He played at 225. Injuries […]

Curley Johnson

Curley Johnson (Pro football.  Born, Anna, TX, July 2, 1935.)  Traded to the Titans by the Dallas Texans during the 1961 training camp, John Curley Johnson became the Jets’ top punter through 1968.  Johnson was originally signed for his versatility, as he had experience at running back and offensive end.  But by 1963, he was […]

Dave Jennings

Dave Jennings (Pro football.  Born, New York, NY, June 8, 1952.)  A top punter who played for the Giants (1974-84) and Jets (1985-87), David Tuthill Jennings then became an outstanding radio color commentator for both teams.  Jennings, who played collegiately at St. Lawrence (Canton, N.Y.), twice led the N.F.L. in punt yardage while with the […]

Les Keiter

Les Keiter (Broadcasting.  Born, Seattle, Wash., Apr. 27, 1919; died, Kailua, Hawaii, April 14, 2009.)  For nearly a decade starting in 1954, Les R. Keiter was one of the most recognizable voices in New York sports radio.  Keiter became sports director at WINS (AM 1010) in 1954 and began doing a pre-game show before Yankees […]

Jim Katcavage

Jim Katcavage (Pro football.  Born, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Oct. 28, 1934; died, Maple Glen,  PA, Feb. 22, 1995.)  Drafted out of Dayton as the Giants’ fourth pick in 1956, James R. Katcavage became a standout defensive left end.  Katcavage was an all-N.F.L. choice three straight years (1961-63) and was a Pro Bowl selection in both 1963 […]

Dick Lynch

Dick Lynch (Pro football. Born, Oceanside, NY, Apr. 29, 1936; died, New York, NY, Sept, 24, 2008.) Drafted in the sixth round by Washington in 1958 out of Notre Dame, Richard Dennis Lynch was acquired by the Giants in a spring 1959 trade. Lynch was a Giants defensive back (1959-66) who twice led the league […]

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi (College and pro football. Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 11, 1913; died, Washington, DC, Sept. 3, 1970.) While he became legendary coaching at Green Bay, Vincent Thomas Lombardi had a long football history in New York. A guard on the famed “Seven Blocks of Granite” line at Fordham (1935-37), Lombardi began to study law. […]

Spider Lockhart

Spider Lockhart (Pro football. Born, Dallas, TX, Apr. 6, 1943; died, Hackensack, NJ, July 8, 1986.) Starting as a rookie at left corner, Carl Ford Lockhart became a free safety for most of his 11 seasons (1965-75) with the Giants. Lockhart earned trips to the Pro Bowl in 1966 (when he was the only Giant […]

Augie Lio

Augie Lio (Sports editor. Born, East Boston, MA, Apr. 30, 1918; died, Clifton, NJ, Sept. 3, 1989.) A Georgetown star who played in two pro football leagues, Agostino Salvatore Lio was a New Jersey sportswriter and sports editor for over 35 years. Lio played in the N.F.L. with Detroit (1941-43), the Boston Yanks (1944-45), and […]

Sam Huff

Sam Huff (Pro football.  Born Edna Gas, WV, Oct. 4, 1934.)  As a two-way guard at West Virginia, Robert Lee (Sam) Huff established himself as an outstanding football player, but it was as a linebacker for the New York Football Giants that he became one of the greats in the game’s history.  For eight seasons, […]

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