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Bronco Kosanovich

Coaching ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Bronco Kosanovich was a fierce competitor as a center and linebacker at Aliquippa High School from 1941 to 1943 who parlayed that trait into a successful collegiate career at Penn State. At Aliquippa, playing under coach Carl Aschman, he helped the Quips to a 19-7-1 record that included a WPIAL runner-up season as a junior. In 1943, he earned All WPIAL and All State honors. At Penn State, Bronco played only three seasons due to the fact that he attended school year round and graduated in three years. He scored two touchdowns in a game against Temple in 1945, earning him the honor of being the highest scoring center in college football that year. As a junior, he was one of the few underclassmen chosen to play in the annual East-West Shrine game in San Francisco, playing the entire 60 minutes. In his senior year, Bronco earned All East and honorable mention All American honors, and then played in the College All Star game against the New York Giants in 1947. Not yet 21 years of age, he had to have his mother sign a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bronco survived until the final cut and was assigned to the Richmond (VA) Steelers farm team. After a short stint in coaching at Monaca as an assistant to Larry Bruno, Bronco ventured into the business world.