Tuesday, January 26, 2016

1977 Profile: Ray Wietecha

Offensive Line Coach
"In the middle 1950s the two most honored centers in professional football were Jim Ringo of Green Bay and Ray Wietecha of the New York Giants. If Wietecha didn't make the All-Pro team, it was because Ringo did and vice versa. It came as no surprise, therefore, that when Jim Ringo went looking for a successor as offensive line coach, he chose Ray Wietecha.
The Giants' starting center for 10 seasons, Ray won All-NFL honors in 1958 and was a member of the Pro Bowl squad in 1955, 1958, 1960 and 1962. He played on five Eastern Conference title winners and the 1956 NFL Championship team, 47-7 winners over the Chicago Bears. He was also involved in the famous 'sudden death' Championship game between the Giants and the Colts at Yankee Stadium in 1958.
A 'future' pick of the Giants in the 12th round of the 1950 college draft, Ray had a distinguished college career at Northwestern, winning All-Big 10 honors. The start of his NFL career was delayed by a season of minor league baseball in the Washington Senators system and two years in the Marine Corps.
Pro coaching beckoned at the end of his playing days and Wietecha accepted his first job with the Rams. After two years in LA (1963-64) he moved to Green Bay where, under the legendary Vince Lombardi, he was charged with the offensive line and the Packer running game. In five seasons (1965-70) Green Bay teams Wietecha was associated with won a total of 51 games, three NFL Championships and two Super Bowl crowns.
He rejoined the Giants as a scout in 1971 and became the offensive coach a year later. He was with the New York team through the 1976 season."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

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