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American Football Database
Fred Dugan
Date of birth: (1934-05-12) May 12, 1934 (age 87)
Place of birth: Stamford, Connecticut
Career information
Position(s): Wide receiver
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 7 / Pick: 80
 As player:
San Francisco 49ers
Dallas Cowboys
Washington Redskins
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John Frederick Dugan (born May 12, 1934 in Stamford, Connecticut) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Alabama and University of Dayton and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1957 NFL Draft. Dugan was also selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft.

Early years

After attending Stamford High School, he first enrolled at the University of Alabama, but left as a sophomore to manage the family restaurant after his father became ill. In 1954 he was recruited by the University of Dayton where he played running back his first two years, before switching to a two-way end. As a senior he broke the school's receiving record with 37 receptions for 546 yards in seven games (He also punted 28 times for a 32.2-yard average), earning him All America honors and an invitation to the East–West Shrine Game.[1]

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Dugan was selected by the San Francisco 49ers as a junior in the 7th round of the 1957 NFL Draft, but didn't join the NFL until 1958. He saw limited playing time during his first two seasons in the league, before being left unprotected for the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft.

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys selected him in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft, where along with Billy Howton, became the first wide receivers ever to start for the franchise. That year he was the second leading receiver on the team (behind Jim Doran), while earning a reputation for spectacular catches and producing 29 receptions for 461 yards and a touchdown.

In 1961 he asked to be traded, so he was sent to the Washington Redskins in a three-team deal. The Washington Redskins acquired him, placekicker John Aveni, defensive halfback Dave Whitsell and end Jerry Daniels. The NY Giants obtained ends Joe Walton and Jim Podoley. The Cowboys received placekicker Allen Green and a sixth round for the 1962 NFL Draft that the team would later use to draft George Andrie [2]

Washington Redskins

Dugan flourished with the Redskins in his first season, breaking the team receiving record and setting career highs with 53 receptions for 817 yards and 4 touchdowns. In his second season after the Redskins obtained Bobby Mitchell, he had 36 receptions for 466 yards and 5 touchdowns. He retired after the 1963 season after just having 20 receptions for 288 yards. His career totals were 153 receptions for 2,226 yards and 13 touchdowns.


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