|No. 76, 79|
|Offensive lineman / Defensive end|
|Date of birth:March 6, 1933|
|Place of birth: Martinez, California|
|Date of death: May 17, 2007(aged 74)|
|Place of death: West Bloomfield Township, Michigan|
|Undrafted in 1956|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* San Francisco 49ers ( 1956– 1959)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
John Louis Gonzaga (March 6, 1933 – May 17, 2007) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and the Detroit Lions. He also played in the American Football League for the Denver Broncos.
John Gonzaga played football for Mount Diablo High School, but did not attend college, instead going to work to help support his family. He continued to be involved in the sport by playing sandlot football.
San Francisco 49ersEdit
The Lions moved him to left tackle in his first two seasons with the team and then changed him to left guard. After being a five-year starter, he was released on August 30, 1966.
Denver Broncos (AFL)Edit
On September 6, 1966, he was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos of the American Football League. He played right guard in 11 games.
Gonzaga came from a family of 14 children and was of Portuguese descent. He worked as a sales manager for Ford Motor Company glass division, until starting his own glass company. He died on May 20, 2007, at his home in West Bloomfield, Michigan, after battling an illness.
- ↑ "Grottkau Traded To Cowboy Eleven". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19610822&id=L_tVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zeIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1875,3682926&hl=es. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- ↑ "Ex-Navy Ace, Vets Released by Pros". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1338&dat=19660831&id=hL4zAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zPcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6742,8479972&hl=es. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- ↑ "Former Bronco John Gonzaga dies". http://www.denverpost.com/2007/05/21/former-bronco-john-gonzaga-dies/. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- ↑ "Former Denver Broncos player, John Gonzaga, dead at 74". http://www.espn.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=2877355. Retrieved April 30, 2017.