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John Mellus
No. 33, 45, 48     
Personal information
Date of birth: June 16, 1917
Place of birth: Plymouth, Pennsylvania, US
Date of death: November 28, 2005(2005-11-28) (aged 88)
Place of death: Dallas, Pennsylvania, US
Career information
College: Villanova
NFL Draft: 1938 / Round: 9 / Pick: 78
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 1938)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Pro Bowl (1938, 1941)
Stats at

John George Mellus (June 16, 1917 – November 28, 2005) was an American football player who played professional football as an offensive tackle for eight seasons in the National Football League and in the AAFC.[1]


Mellus was born in 1917 at Plymouth, Pennsylvania, the grandson of Lithuanian immigrants, and graduated in 1934 from Hanover High School at Hanover Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Mellus attended Villanova University from 1934 to 1937, where he played football. In 1937 he was named to the New York Sun's collegiate All-America team (first team) and to the Associated Press's 13th annual collegiate All-America team (second team).[2][3]

In 1938, Mellus played for the New York Giants on their championship team, and on their teams of 1939-1941. In December 1941, he was named to the first team of the Associated Press's NFL All-Star team.[4] After being drafted into military service in February 1942, Mellus played for the Eastern Army All-Star Team. In December 1943, he was named to the Associated Press's military service All American team.[5]

Following his discharge from the military, Mellus played in 1946 for the San Francisco 49ers and from 1947–1949 for the Baltimore Colts. He was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in 1988,[6] and into the Villanova University "Wall of Fame" in 2002.

John Mellus died at Dallas, Pennsylvania in 2005.


  1. "JOHN MELLUS". Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  2. Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, December 4, 1937, page 7.
  3. Chillicothe Gazette (Chillicothe, Ohio), December 4, 1937, page 8.
  4. The Paris News (Paris, Texas), December 8, 1941, page 4.
  5. The Evening Independent (Massillon, Ohio), December 10, 1943, page 16.
  6. Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, July 7, 1989, page 29.

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