Jack Riley
Date of birth: (1909-06-13)June 13, 1909
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of death: March 22, 1993(1993-03-22) (aged 83)
Place of death: Kenilworth, Illinois, U.S.
Career information
Position(s): Offensive tackle
College: Northwestern
 As player:
1933 Boston Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Honors: 1931 All-America Team
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame
Medal record
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
Olympic Games
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Silver 1932 Los Angeles Wrestling

John Horn Riley (June 13, 1909 – March 22, 1993) was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Boston Redskins. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Early lifeEdit

Riley was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, as well as St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin.[1] While at St. Johns, he participated in rowing and captained a championship crew in 1927.[1]

College careerEdit


Riley attended and played college football at Northwestern University. While he was there, Northwestern had a 20-5-1 record and won two Big Ten Conference championships. He was named an All-American in 1931.[1]


Riley also wrestled at Northwestern and was the national collegiate heavyweight champion in 1931 and 1932.[1] He then won a silver medal in wrestling at the 1932 Summer Olympics, behind Swede Johan Richthoff and ahead of Austrian Nickolaus Hirschl.[1][1]

File:Jack Riley Northwestern wrestling stance.jpg

Professional careerEdit


After college, Riley played professional football in the National Football League for the Boston Redskins (now Washington Redskins) in 1933.


After football, Riley became a professional wrestler for two years and retired undefeated after 132 professional matches.[1]


Riley entered the United States Marine Corps during World War II and rose to the rank of Major.[1] After the war he worked as a manufacturer's representative in Kenilworth, Illinois. Also, from 1948 to 1957, Riley was the Northwestern University wrestling coach.[1]


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