Jack Scarbath
Scarbath as a senior at Maryland
No. 18, 12     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1930-08-12) August 12, 1930 (age 89)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 1953 1954)
Career highlights and awards
* 1952 All-America first team (unanimous)
  • 1952 All-Southern Conference first team
  • 1952 Southern Conference Player of the Year
  • 1952 Heisman Trophy runner up
TDsINTs     18—30
Passing yards     1,868
Passer rating     42.1
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

John Carl Scarbath (born August 12, 1930) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Early lifeEdit

Scarbath was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 12, 1930 and attended high school at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.[1] He played football as a quarterback and basketball as a guard.[2] At Poly, Scarbath came to the attention of former Maryland coach and then university president Harry C. Byrd, who offered him a full athletic scholarship.[1]

College careerEdit

As a freshman at the University of Maryland, Scarbath poured cement as a construction worker in the building of the school's Byrd Stadium. He later worked at a foundry, which also helped to keep him in shape for football.[3]

File:Jack Scarbath pose.jpg

In 1952, he was unanimously selected to the All-America first team and finished as the runner-up in votes for the Heisman Trophy.[1][4] Scarbath was also Southern Conference Player of the Year and the South's Most Valuable Player in the North–South Shrine Game.[1] He played lacrosse for Maryland during the 1952 season.[5] Scarbath graduated from Maryland in 1954 with an industrial engineering degree.[3]

Professional careerEdit

The Washington Redskins selected Scarbath in the first round of the 1953 NFL Draft as the third overall pick. He played with Washington from 1953 to 1954. In 1955, Scarbath played in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Rough Riders.[6] He returned to the NFL to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1956.

Scarbath served as an assistant coach for the University of South Carolina. He later founded and served as the chief executive officer of his own business, John C. Scarbath and Sons abrasives company, which he sold in 1995. He then worked with the Maryland Education Foundation to provide college scholarships to prospective scholar-athletes. Scarbath is married to wife Marilyn, a former Maryland cheerleader.[3]

The College Football Hall of Fame inducted Scarbath in 1983,[1] and the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame inducted him in 1984.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Jack Scarbath". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  2. Poly Opens Basketball Season With 54-35 Victory Over Loyola Quint; BILL PHILLIPS PACES VICTORS Tallies 15 Points Against Private School Rival, The Baltimore Sun, December 8, 1948.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jessica Bizik, Good Sports Then and Now; Idol Time: Jack Scarbath '54 Script error, College Park Online, University of Maryland, Summer 1997, retrieved May 28, 2010.
  4. "The Winning Margin: Year By Year". Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  5. 2009 Maryland Men's Lacrosse Guide, p. 64, University of Maryland, 2009.
  6. Ottawa All-Time Roster, CFLapedia, retrieved May 28, 2010.
  7. University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame: All-Time Inductees Script error, University of Maryland, retrieved June 12, 2009.

External linksEdit

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