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Tom Krzemienski

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Beaver Falls, Tom Krzemienski won eight letters in high school, including three in football as a tight end and receiver. He was named All County as a junior, and his senior year could not have been more rewarding. His Tigers (including assistant coach Gene Harr) went undefeated and won the WPIAL championship. Tom was named All County, All State, and Wigwam All American and was invited to play in the Big 33 All Star Game, where he played tight end and linebacker. Duffy Daugherty managed to ink the Tiger to a scholarship at Michigan State University, and Tom lettered all three seasons with the Spartans and led the squad in receptions twice. Tom was named the teamís Most Outstanding Senior in 1964 and his play brought an invitation to play in the North-South All Star Game. Tom signed with the New York Jets as a free agent, where he teamed again with his high school quarterback Joe Namath. The two rookies combined on a touchdown pass in the annual rookie game between the Jets and the Patriots. Tomís play kept him on the squad until the final cut, but his playing days werenít over: he hooked on with the Hartford team in the Continental Football League and played there three years. In each of those seasons Tom was chosen the top tight end in the league and was the only tight end to appear in the top five in various receiving categories. Tom also coached high school football as an assistant in Connecticut and Michigan. At Hartford his squad reached a state championship and his Warren team finished the season ranked fourth in the state.