Wietecha passes away

Ray Wietecha, who never missed a game in a 10-year NFL career spent entirely with the Giants, died on Dec. 14 in Phoenix of an aneurysm. He was 74.


Wietecha played center for the Giants from 1953-62, and was in integral part
of the some of the franchise's greatest teams, including the 1956 NFL
champions and the Eastern Conference champions in 1958, '59, '61 and '62.

Wietecha was drafted on the 12th round as a "futures" pick in 1950. But he
didn't immediately begin his pro football career, instead trying baseball as
an outfielder in the Washington Senators' system. He also spent two years in
the Marines.

When Wietecha began his Giants career in 1953, he played center, linebacker
and end. Quick and strong, the 6-1, 225-pound Wietecha found a home at
center. He stepped into the lineup at center at the start of the 1953 season
and did not depart until he retired following the 1962 season, ending a
streak of 124 consecutive games. Wietecha was a Giants captain and was
selected to play in four Pro Bowls, including the all-star game played in
1962, his final season.


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