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Mickey Shuler

(Pro football. Born, Harrisburg, PA, Aug. 21, 1956.)  Earning varsity letters in football, basketball, and track at East Pennsboro H.S. in Enola, PA, Mickey Charles Shuler, Sr., was recruited by legendary college basketball coaches Dean Smith and Bobby Knight.  However, after receiving First Team All-State honors following a senior season in which, as a tight […]

Joe Klecko

Joe Klecko (Pro football.  Born, Chester, PA, Oct. 15, 1953.)  Despite knee problems that hampered him much of his career, Joseph Klecko was a standout Jets defensive lineman for 11 seasons (1977-87).  A sixth-round draft choice out of Temple, Klecko was the first defensive player ever to make the Pro Bowl at three positions:  defensive […]

Keyshawn Johnson

Keyshawn Johnson (Pro football.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, July 22, 1972.)  After 216 pass receptions in his first three seasons, Keyshawn Johnson established himself as one of the premier receivers in the N.F.L.  His receptions were good for 2,938 yards (13.6 per catch) and 23 touchdowns.  Following an all-America career at Southern California, Johnson was […]

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 […]

Rodney Hampton

Rodney Hampton (Pro football.  Born, Houston, TX, Apr. 3, 1969.)  A 225-pound running back, Rodney Hampton succeeded Joe Morris as the Giants’ top rusher in 1990.  Hampton missed most of that year’s Super Bowl championship run due to injury but contributed 1,069 all-purpose yards to the 13-3 regular season, playing 15 of the 16 games […]

Rosey Grier

Rosey Grier (Pro football.  Born, Cuthbert, GA, July 19, 1932.)  Once an N.C.A.A. shot put champion at Penn State, Roosevelt Grier became a standout defensive tackle for seven seasons with the Giants.  Grier was the Giants’ No. 3 draft pick in 1955 and had an impressive rookie season.  He was even better the next year […]

Rich Caster

Rich Caster (Pro football.  Born, Mobile, AL, Nov. 16, 1948.)  A wide receiver who moved to tight end, Richard Caster was a major deep-receiving threat for the Jets.  In a game against the then-Baltimore Colts in 1972, Caster had 204 yards on just six receptions.  Over his eight-year career with the Jets (1970-77), he averaged […]

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