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John Arbeznik
Date of birth: (1957-06-13) June 13, 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth: University Heights, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Guard
College: Michigan
Organizations

John C. Arbeznik (born June 13, 1957) is a former American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1976 to 1979 and was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference offensive guard in both 1978 and 1979.

University of MichiganEdit

A native of University Heights, Ohio, Arbeznik attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland before enrolling at the University of Michigan in 1975.[1][2] He played college football as an offensive guard for Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1976 to 1979.[2] At six feet, three inches, and 240 pounds,[1] Arbeznik won a spot in the starting lineup in 1977, but missed most of the season after sustaining a knee injury.[3] He returned the following year and started nine games at left guard for the 1978 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled a 10-2 record and was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll.[4] He was the offensive captain,[5] and a 12-game starter at left guard, for the 1979 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled an 8-4 record.[6] He was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten Conference offensive guard in both 1978 and 1979.[6][7] </small>

Professional football and broadcast careerEdit

Arbeznik was signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 1980 and cut at the end of August 1980.[8][9] He was then signed by the New York Jets in February 1981.[8]

In the fall of 1981, he became an analyst on broadcasts of Michigan football games on WTOD radio in Toledo, Ohio, while also working in a management training program for Procter & Gamble.[10]

He was inducted into the Saint Ignatius High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Larry Paladino (October 4, 1978). "Arbeznik Can't Figure It Out". The Argus-Press (AP story): p. 18. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1988&dat=19781004&id=omwiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=o6wFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1217,2797388.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Michigan Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/rosters/football.php. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  3. Geoff Larcom (September 12, 1979). "King of the trenches set for Irish invasion". The Michigan Daily: p. 8. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2706&dat=19790912&id=5xFKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Sx4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=3751,870205.
  4. "1978 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1978fbt.htm. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  5. "Simpkins, Arbeznik UM Co-Captain". The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (AP story): p. 27. September 5, 1979. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19790904&id=NDFPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jAIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2499,7740489.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "1979 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1979fbt.htm. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  7. "Michigan, Michigan State Dominate All-Big Ten Team". The Hour, Norwalk, Connecticut: p. 27. November 29, 1978. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1916&dat=19781122&id=QeogAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SW4FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2669,6789896.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Jets sign Arbenik". The Michigan Daily: p. 10. February 12, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2706&dat=19810212&id=cv5JAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Sh4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=2046,1626428.
  9. "Transactions". Southeast Missourian (AP story): p. 13. October 20, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1893&dat=19800820&id=Tc8fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5dgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3820,5680194.
  10. "Arbeznik now hits in radio booth". The Michigan Daily: p. 8. October 8, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2706&dat=19811008&id=7g5KAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ih4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=1630,1967875.
  11. "Athletic Hall of Fame and Awards". Saint Ignatius High School. http://www.ignatius.edu/athletichalloffame. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
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