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Frank Sinkwich
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Football Player
    (October 10, 1920-October 22, 1990)
    Born in Starjak, Croatia (Hrvatska
    Nicknamed 'Fireball Frankie'
    Attended the University of Georgia
    Drafted 1st overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1943 NFL Draft
    Halfback for the Detroit Lions (1943-1944), New York Yankees (1946-1947) and the Baltimore Colts* (1947)
    *Not the Baltimore Colts team that were relocated to Indianapolis, but a team in the AAFC that folded in 1950
    Heisman Trophy winner (1942)
    Joe F. Carr Trophy winner (MVP) (1944)
    Football head coach for the University of Tampa (1950-1951)
    He named his son after himself.
    He left the Yankees after 3 games into the 1947 season, missing out on a chance to compete in a championship game.
    He struggled in his second and last pro football stint after he had a knee injury in the 2nd Air Force team.
    He ended his football playing career with a losing Colts team in the AAFC.
    He was the first player born from a foreign country to win the Heisman Trophy.
    He had to leave the Marines for medical reasons due to flat feet.
    He had a memorable performance in the 1942 Orange Bowl despite wearing a jaw protector due to a broken jaw.
    He established an NCAA season offense record for total yards with 2,187 (1942).
    He recorded the only touchdown of the 1943 Rose Bowl that helped Georgia beat UCLA 9-0.
    He was a college teammate of Charley Trippi.
    He was the 1943 NFL season leader for yards per punt return.

Credit: Neo NX2004


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