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Leo Nobile

Football ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Leo Nobile ate a lot better the night he was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame than when he made road trips with the Pittsburgh Steelers more than 30 years before. In those days, linemen like Nobile didnít get high pay and were served baloney and cheese sandwiches when the team traveled by train to away games. Leo was a 220 pound guard for the Steelers in the 1948 and 1949 seasons when the team had only 33 members and a lineman had to play both offense and defense, sometimes for the whole game. His football career closely paralleled that of his college roommate, Red Moore of Rochester, who were friendly rivals in high school and roommates at Penn State, where both starred in the early days of World War II and then again after the war. Leo was in service from 1943 to 1946 but returned to Penn State that year. He played for the Washington Redskins in 1947 and for the Steelers in 1948 and 1949. Like Moore, he joined Alcoa and worked for the firm until 1973. After that he was activities director for the Western Pennsylvania Correctional Institute.