From 1954-1956, George Radosevich played in the middle of the trench wars with the Baltimore Colts, hiking the ball and throwing blocks while making 30 game appearances. And in his final season, he got the opportunity to snap the ball to a rookie named Johnny Unitas. But a knee injury ended his NFL career after the eighth game in that '56 season.
Radosevich went on to coach football at his old high school, Brentwood, for 27 years. He then coached at another nearby school for five more before moving through a series of assistant coaching positions at four more schools.
"I coached for a long time and I enjoyed it very much," he said.
He's also listed amongst 226 former NFL players who served in the military during the Korean War.
Radosevich, who now lives in Elizabeth Township in western Pennsylvania, finds himself taking on new competitors at the age of 77 as he prepares for the 2005 Senior Olympics' Summer National Games at Carnegie Mellon University this Friday. He throws the discus, recently qualifying for his age brackett by exceeding the minimum of 85 feet with a throw of 100 feet.
As he prepares for this new challenge, Radosevich clearly hasn't lost his sense of humor. Competing against other senior athletes in the 75-80 age brackett in these national games, he has decided upon a unique strategy.
"I think the main thing I have to do is outlive the competition," Radosevich said with a grin.
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