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Dick Modzelewski


University of Maryland, 1949-52

2012 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee 


Another in a long line of great football players from western Pennsylvania, Dick Modzelewski established himself as one of the best interior linemen in Southern Conference history.

During his varsity career at Maryland, the Terrapins won 24 of 29 games, including the 1952 Sugar Bowl over No. 1-ranked Tennessee. He received All-America honors as both a junior and a senior. In 1952, he was named the winner of the Outland Trophy as the nation's best lineman, the only SoCon player in history to win the award.

Drafted by the Washington Redskins, he ultimately made his mark with the New York Giants, spending eight years as a starting defensive tackle on a team that played in six NFL championship games. He finished his pro football career with the Cleveland Browns, winning the 1964 NFL championship.

In 14 NFL seasons, Modzelewski never missed a game, retiring in 1966 having played in 180 consecutive contests. He later served as an assistant coach with several NFL teams. He was named to the Maryland Hall of Fame in 1992 and to the College Football Hall one year later.

Dick Modzelewski Hall of Fame Induction Video
Dick Modzelewski Acceptance Speech: Accepted by Commissioner John Iamarino