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Harry Ulinski

Football ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

The name Ulinski was synonymous with Ambridge High School football for years, and Harry Ulinski did his part to both establish and carry on that tradition. At Ambridge, he played football, basketball, and track all three years. In addition to being chosen All WPIAL in football, he captained the Bridge basketball team to a section title as a senior. Upon graduation in 1943, Harry entered the military and served until 1946. He then went to Kentucky University to play for Paul “Bear” Bryant, and as a freshman shared quarterbacking duties with George Blanda, but as a sophomore was switched to center and linebacker. In his senior years as captain of the Wildcats, he led his team to an appearance ion the Orange Bowl and he was chosen All Southern, All Southeast, and honorable mention All American. He played for the College All Stars against the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles, and his team became the first even to defeat the NFL champs. Drafted by the Washington Redskins, Harry played there for two years as center, snapping the ball to Sammy Baugh. When a contract dispute developed in 1952, Harry opted to play for Ottawa in the Canadian Football League. The following season, Curly Lambeau became the head coach of the Redskins and lured Harry back to Washington, where played four more years and went to the Pro Bowl in 1955. Harry retied after the 1956 season to enter the business world.