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Nick Drahos


Nicholas Drahos

Inducted 1981

Date of Birth



Ford City, PA


Cornell University (1938-1940)


At 6-3 and 212-pounds, Nick Drahos was an imposing figure and a tough lineman of agility and strength. Drahos was also an outstanding kicker, his powerful leg providing the team with a potent scoring threat. During Drahos' three-year career, Cornell was 19-3-1, and the Big Red defense held opposing offenses to just 135 points - an average of less than six points per game. The 1939 season was the zenith of Drahos' career as Cornell posted a perfect 8-0 record, shutting out rivals Penn and Penn State and downing Big Ten power Ohio State, 23-14. Drahos won the first of back-to-back consensus All-America laurels that year, but perhaps his most memorable participation was in the 1940 Cornell-Dartmouth game. In that game, Cornell apparently had beaten Dartmouth on the final play of the game. However, referee Red Friesell had miscalculated the downs and the winning play had been run on a "fifth down" effort. Coach Snavely, in a true showing of sportsmanship, promptly forfeited the contest to the Big Green. Drahos, after his playing days, became an educator, photographer and artist with the New York State Conservation Department.


Height 6'3

Weight 212

Career Highlights

  • 1940 Consensus All-America
  • 1939 Consensus All-America
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