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Dick Modzelewski


Richard Blair Modzelewski

Inducted 1993

Date of Birth



West Natrona, PA


University of Maryland (1950-1952)


Dick Modzelewski was one of three brothers who played football at the University of Maryland. The first was Ed, a fullback who made All-America in 1951. Since he was first, he was called "Big Mo." Dick came a year later, a 6-0, 235-pound tackle. Since he followed his older brother, he was called "Little Mo." The next Modzelewski, who was third and last, was called "No Mo." In Dick Modzelewski's three varsity years, Maryland's record was 24-4-1. The team had a 22-game unbeaten streak. In 1951, Maryland was ranked third in the nation and knocked off the top ranked team, Tennessee, in the Sugar Bowl, 28-13. (In those days, bowl games did not count in final rankings.) In 1952, Dick was a consensus All-America at tackle, won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman, and was named Lineman of the Year by the Washington Touchdown Club. He had a 14-year career as a tackle with the Redskins, Steelers, Giants, and Browns 1953-1966. He was in eight league championship games and on two championship teams (Giants 1956, Browns 1964). He was assistant coach of the Browns 1968-1977, Giants 1978, and Cincinnati Bengals 1979-1983.


Height 6'1

Weight 235

Career Highlights

  • 1952 Consensus All-America
  • 1952 Outland Trophy Winner
  • 1951 First Team All-America
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