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Andy Cvercko
No. 62, 63, 67     
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1937-11-06)November 6, 1937
Place of birth: Campbell, Ohio
Date of death: December 13, 2010(2010-12-13) (aged 73)
Place of death: Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Career information
College: Northwestern
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 5 / Pick: 55
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Green Bay Packers ( 1959 1960)
Career highlights and awards
* Honorable-mention All-American (1958)
Games played     47
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Andrew Bertram Cvercko (born November 6, 1937 in Campbell, Ohio; died December 3, 2010 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois) was an American football guard in the National Football League who played for the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Northwestern University.

Early yearsEdit

Cvercko attended Campbell Memorial High School before moving on to Northwestern University, where he was coached by Ara Parseghian. He became a two-way left tackle and a three-year starter.

As a senior, he was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, which is given annually to a male and female athlete at each of the Big Ten institutions, who demonstrates the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics.[1]

In 2000, he was inducted into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional careerEdit

Green Bay PackersEdit

Cvercko was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (55th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft, with the intention of playing him at offensive guard.[2] As a rookie, he suffered a knee injury in the season opener against the Chicago Bears and was lost for the year.[3] In 1960, he was a reserve player.

On September 4, 1961, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a draft choice.[4]

Dallas CowboysEdit

In 1961, he started 10 games at left guard, splitting time with John Houser (4 starts). The next year, he started all 14 games. In the second game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was called for a holding penalty that negated a 99-yard touchdown reception (at the time a league record) from Frank Clarke and because it was in the end zone, it was called a safety, which created a nine-point swing in the game and contributed to a 28-30 loss.[5]

On July 10, 1963, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a sixth round draft choice (#82-Jim Curry).[6]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On September 17, 1963, he was waived to make room for guard Ted Connolly.

Washington RedskinsEdit

On September 25, 1963, he was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins and played in 8 games.

Personal lifeEdit

After football, he researched nuclear magnetic resonance at Argonne National Laboratories and worked as an electronic engineer at Motorola. On December 3, 2010, he died at his home in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.[7] His brother Jack Cvercko was a football All-American in 1962 and was selected in the 1963 NFL Draft, but a chronic knee injury prevented him from becoming a professional football player.[8]

ReferencesEdit

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