Tom Cosgrove
Baltimore Colts
Place of birth: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Career information
Status: Retired
Position(s): Center
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 13 / Pick: 156
Drafted by: Cleveland Browns
 As player:
Cleveland Browns
Baltimore Colts
Career highlights and awards
Honors: 1952 second-team All-American
1951 honorable mention All-American

Tom Cosgrove (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]) is a former American football player. He played in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Colts. He played college football for the Maryland Terrapins at the University of Maryland.

College careerEdit

Cosgrove attended Maryland, where he played as a center under legendary head coach Jim Tatum in 1951 and 1952. As a junior, in 1951, Cosgrove was named an honorable mention All-American. In 1952, Cosgrove was named a second-team All-American. He played in the 1953 North-South Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, and the College All-Star Game.[2][3]

In 1952, he was honored with the Coaches' Award for the team's most outstanding offensive lineman.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Cosgrove was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 1952 NFL Draft.[5] In 1954, he was traded to Baltimore for their sixth round draft selection.[6] He spent two years with the Colts before an ankle injury ended his career.[7]

After the end of his playing career, Cosgrove became a commercial airline pilot. He flew for Capital Airlines and then for United Airlines, after the two merged. Cosgrove retired in 1990 to Potomac, Maryland.[7] In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. Text from Page 168, Reveille, University of Maryland Year Book, 1953, retrieved 17 January 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cosgrove Named to Terps Hall of Fame, University of Maryland Terrapins Official Athletic Site, 8 September 2005, retrieved 17 January 2009.
  3. Players By School Beginning With: M thru R, Official Website of the Senior Bowl, retrieved 17 January 2009.
  4. Maryland Team Awards (PDF), 2001 Maryland Terrapins Football Media Guide, University of Maryland, p. 200, 2001, retrieved 17 January 2009.
  5. Maryland Draft Players/Alumni, Pro Football Reference, retrieved 17 January 2009.
  6. History: Cleveland Browns Draft History, Cleveland, retrieved 17 January 2009.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Club News (PDF), Newsletter, The M Club, Winter 2007, retrieved 17 January 2009.
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