Jon Jelacic
Date of birth: (1936-12-19)December 19, 1936
Place of birth: Brainerd, Minnesota
Date of death: September 17, 1993(1993-09-17) (aged 56)
Place of death: Beltrami County, Minnesota
Career information
Position(s): Defensive lineman
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 7 / Pick 74
(By the Chicago Cardinals)
Playing stats at

Jon Jelacic (December 19, 1936 – September 17, 1993) was an American gridiron football player who played defensive lineman for five seasons for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) and the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League (AFL).[1] Jelacic also played two seasons with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), including their 1960 Grey Cup championship season.

Jelacic was born in Brainerd, Minnesota and played high school football, basketball and ran track. He played college football as an end at the University of Minnesota and was captain of the 1957 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. Following his professional playing career in three leagues, Jelacic worked as a scout for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. He died in his sleep in his lake cabin northeast of Bemidji, Minnesota, on September 17, 1993.[2]


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