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Dr. Jack Farls

Football ∙ Freedom

 

 

 

 

At 50 years old, Dr Jack Farls must have felt ancient. He was a former football star who played both ways as an end during his successful career at Penn State from 1954 to 1957. Today’s ‘stars’ often head for the bench after only a few plays. Known as the Iron Man of Penn State’s 1957 teams, Jack earned All American honorable mention two years running. After a successful freshman season, he became a starter as a sophomore in 1955. The highlight of that season was the game in which the Nittany Lions pulled a 21-20 upset win over a powerful Syracuse team headed by Jim Brown. The key to that upset was a blocked extra point by Jack that gave Penn State the victory. Jack played 56 minutes in that game. In 1956 he duplicated the feat by blocking an extra point against Ohio State to beat the No 1 ranked Buckeyes, 7-6. Jack played in the 1957 North-South game and was drafted by the Washington Redskins. Opting for the Marine Corps, he played three years for the San Diego Leathernecks and was named to the All Service team. Following Marine duty, he entered dental school at Northwestern University. Jack starred at both football and basketball at Freedom High, graduating in 1954. He received the school’s 1983-1984 Alumni Award for outstanding achievement in high school, college, and subsequent athletic activities. Jack was named to the WPIAL All Star football team as a high school senior. One of his best games was in 1953 when he blocked six kicks against Beaver, two of them extra points.