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Len Szafaryn

Football ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Even if he hadnít founded the World Snow Shovel Riding Championships in 1964, Len Szafaryn would have made the Beaver County Sports Hall of fame for his prowess as a pro football player. Len conceived the idea for the snow shovel riding contest while he was Beaver County Recreational Director and was seeking a winter attraction at Economy Park, and he continued to develop the event as director of the Beaver County Tourist Promotion Agency. After an outstanding college football career at the University of North Carolina (1945-1948), Len was named to the Grandland Rice All American team as a tackle in 1948 and played in the Sugar Bowl twice (1947, 1949). Len was drafted by the Washington Redskins as a 198 pound tackle in 1949 and played his rookie season with them before being traded to the Green Bay Packers. He played both tackle and guard on offense with the Packers in 1950. After two years of Army football in Japan, Len returned to the Packers and was a star offensive blocking tackle for four seasons. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1957 and played two years for them before retiring in 1959. Image of Len Szafaryn card courtesy of the Vintage Football Card Gallery
 

Image of Len Szafaryn card courtesy of the Vintage Football Card Gallery