Schnellbacher on a 1951 Bowman football card
Date of birth: (1923-04-15)April 15, 1923
Place of birth: Sublette, Kansas
Date of death: March 10, 2008(2008-03-10) (aged 84)
Place of death: Topeka, Kansas
Career information
Position(s): Defensive back
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 25 / Pick: 231
(by the Chicago Cardinals)
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: (1950, 1951)
Playing stats at NFL.com

Otto Ole Schnellbacher (April 15, 1923 – March 10, 2008) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He was a 2-time Pro Bowler. Also a professional basketball player, Schnellbacher played for the Basketball Association of America's Providence Steamrollers and St. Louis Bombers in 1948–49. In college, Schnellbacher was a two-sport star at the University of Kansas, earning him the nickname "the double threat from Sublette". On the gridiron, Schnellbacher, along with teammate Ray Evans, was KU's first football All-American in 1947. That same season, Schnellbacher led the Jayhawks to a Big 6 conference title and an Orange Bowl berth. Schnellbacher also excelled in basketball, where he was a four-time first-team all-conference selection (one of only three Jayhawks to do so). He was a member of the 1943 Big Six conference championship team (which also featured All-American teammates Charles B. Black and the aforementioned Ray Evans) that is regarded as one of the program's greatest teams.

Schnellbacher died aged 84, from cancer.[1]

BAA career statistics

  GP Games played  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1948–49 Providence 23 .288 .630 .8 4.4
1948–49 St. Louis 20 .364 .696 2.3 8.7
Career 43 .332 .669 1.5 6.4


Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1949 St. Louis 2 .300 .500 3.0 9.0
Career 2 .300 .500 3.0 9.0


External links

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