An Appreciation: Al Wistert

An Appreciation: Al Wistert

Many football websites discuss deserving players left out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Al Wistert’s name often pops up in these conversations. Personally, I love the Hall and am not here to question their choices. I will, however, appreciate the career of a man named All-NFL for 8 seasons on both offense and defense. BORN TO PLAY  One might say Al was born to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was born on December 28, 1920, the exact same day as future teammate and Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren. Tragedy also coincidentally paired him with another future Hall of Fame teammate. Al’s father, a Chicago policeman, was shot and killed when Al was 6 years old. Pete Pihos’ father was also murdered while Pete was growing up. COLLEGIATE CARREER Al played his college ball at Michigan, but football wasn’t his reason for attending.  In fact, although Al played baseball and basketball in high school, he hadn’t played […]

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