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Jim "Bucky" Mutscheller

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Long before anybody heard of Joe Namath, an outstanding football player named Jim (Bucky) Mutscheller had helped make Beaver Falls famous as a football hotbed. Unlike Namath, who is a pass thrower, Mutscheller was a talented pass catcher. After starring in football, basketball, and baseball at Beaver Falls High School, Bucky headed for Notre Dame, where he played varsity football for three seasons (1949-1951) under coach Frank Leahy. Fortunately for Bucky, he started his college career as a defensive end and saw regular action on Notre Dame’s 1949 national championship team. Then the All American offensive end was switched to offense and led the Irish in pass receiving as a junior and senior and was team captain his senior year. After graduation, he was drafted for professional football by the old New York Yanks, but his career was delayed by a two year hitch in the Marines. By the time he was discharged, the Baltimore Colts had bought his contract, and Bucky played eight years for them as a tight end. From 1954 to 1961, he caught 220 passes, most tossed by Johnny Unitas, for 3685 yards and 40 touchdowns. After his playing days, Bucky worked as an insurance executive in Baltimore.