Tony Zuzzio
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Zuzzio from The 1939 Ciarella
Date of birth: August 5, 1916
Place of birth: Irvington, New Jersey
Date of death: April 7, 2002(2002-04-07) (aged 85)
Place of death: Lawrence, Kansas
Career information
Position(s): Tackle, Guard
College: Muhlenberg
Organizations
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Zuzzio (August 5, 1916 – April 7, 2002) was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions during the 1942 NFL season. He also played college football for Muhlenberg College in 1938 and 1939.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Zuzzio was born in 1916 in Irvington, New Jersey.[1] His father, Charles Zuzzio, worked as a nickel polisher.[2] He attended Belleville High School in Belleville, New Jersey.[1][3]

Football player[edit | edit source]

Zuzzio attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[4] He played college football at Muhlenberg under head coach Doggie Julian as a tackle during the 1938 and 1939 seasons.[5][6][7]

In 1942, Zuzzio played professional football as a lineman for the Detroit Lions.[4] He appeared in two games for the Lions during the 1942 season,[8] before he was drafted into military service.[9] He was released by the Lions on September 30, 1942,[10]

Military service and later years[edit | edit source]

Zuzzio enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 7, 1942.[11] He served throughout World War II and was discharged in 1946. He received the American Theater Ribbon (for service in the American Theater of Operations), Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.[1]

After the war, Zuzzio became a high school teacher and coach.[9]

In 1977, Zuzzio was inducted into the Belleville High School Hall of Fame.[1] From 1964 to 1966, he also worked as a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.[9]

In April 2002, Zuzzio died at age 85 in Lawrence, Kansas.[12][13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Zuzzio services". Lawrence Journal-World. April 10, 2002. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2002/apr/10/zuzzio_services/.
  2. Census entry for Charles Zuzzio. Son, Anthony Zuzzio, was age 13. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1930; Census Place: Belleville, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: 1327; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 320; Image: 936.0; FHL microfilm: 2341062.
  3. Tony Zuzzio, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed June 10, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Tony Zuzzio". DatabaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120601103818/http://databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=ZUZZITON01. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  5. "Mules Point for Holiday Victory Here". Reading Eagle. November 22, 1938. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=DnAhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AYgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4901,5087368&dq=anthony-zuzzio&hl=en. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  6. "Muhlenberg Shows Way: Gains Verdict by 13-6 in Game With Drexel Combination". The New York Times. November 6, 1938. https://www.nytimes.com/1938/11/06/archives/muhlenberg-shows-way-gains-verdict-by-136-in-game-with-drexel.html.
  7. "Berks Lads Among 17 Mule Seniors". Reading Eagle. November 28, 1939. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rSsxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kOEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3102,5844239&dq=zuzzio+muhlenberg&hl=en.
  8. "Players-Tony Zuzzio". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/player/tonyzuzzio/2529696/careerstats. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Anthony Zuzzio (obituary)". Topeka Capital Journal. April 10, 2002. http://cjonline.com/stories/041002/obn_zuzzio.shtml. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  10. "Grid Lions Drop Two, Rehire One". The Pittsburgh Press. September 30, 1942. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8iobAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gEwEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2980,6740142&dq=zuzzio+muhlenberg&hl=en.
  11. Enlistment record for Anthony J. Zuzzio, born 1916. National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line].
  12. "Anthony J. Zuzzio". The Morning Call (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania). April 11, 2002. http://articles.mcall.com/2002-04-11/news/3412257_1_columbus-building-fund-kansas-all-american.
  13. "Former Lions Guard Zuzzio Dies". Associated Press Archive. April 11, 2002. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=NewsLibrary&p_multi=APAB&d_place=APAB&p_theme=newslibrary2&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0F86CC380D108C4A&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM.

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