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Rudy Smeja
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Date of birth: December 1, 1920
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Date of death: October 1982
Place of death: unknown
Career information
Position(s): End
College: Michigan
Organizations
 As player:
1941–1943
1944-1945
1946
Michigan
Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Eagles
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Rudolph M. Smeja (December 1, 1920 – October 1982) was an American football player. Smeja played at the end position for the University of Michigan from 1941 to 1943.[1][2][3] In November 1943, Smeja intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter in a 23–6 win over the Indiana Hoosiers.[4] At the end of the 1943 season, Smeja was selected as the starting left end for the Eastern All-Star team to play in the East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco on New Year's Day 1944.[5] He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round (24th overall pick) of the 1944 NFL Draft and played 18 games for the Bears in the 1944 and 1945 NFL seasons.[6] In the last game of the 1944 season, Smeja leaped high to spear a touchdown pass from Sid Luckman to help the Bears beat the previously unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles.[7] In 1946, Smeja played for the Philadelphia Eagles.[6] Smeja died in 1982 at age 61.[8]

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