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Paul McKee

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

In the early 1980s, Paul McKee was best known as the father of Navy pilot Tom McKee who won a record of $312,000 on the Tic Tac Dough television show. But the elder McKee was recognized by the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding record as a football player and coach. After starring in football, baseball, and basketball at Beaver Falls High School from 1938 to 1940, Paul was an end on the Syracuse University football teams of 1941, 1942, and 1946. In 1943 and 1944 he competed at the University of Rochester while serving in the Marine program. Later in 1944 he played football for the Marines at Camp Lejeune and in 1945 was named to the Fleet Marine Force Pacific All Star Team in Hawaii. After completing his college education, Paul played for the New York Herald-Tribune Football All Stars in the 1947 game against the New York Giants. During the 1947 and 1948 football seasons, he was a regular offensive end for the Washington Redskins. The highlight of Paul's career was a game against the 1947 NFL Champion Chicago Cardinals in which he caught seven passes from Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh and scored two touchdowns. Paul then turned to coaching and was an assistant football coach at the University of Rochester from 1949 to 1954, with an interruption for Marine serve in the Korean War. From 1955 to 1959, his combined coaching record at three New York State high schools was 104-24-4. Paul then served as assistant football coach and junior varsity baseball coach at Harvard from 1960 to 1963 and then as director of physical education and athletics at the Rush-Henrietta School District of Pittsford, New York, where he supervised 93 coaches and teams.