Josef Spudich

American football player from United States of America

Josef Spudich (November 9, 1908–March 10, 2001) was a United States professional American football player and teacher. He was born November 9, 1908, one of nine children of parents who came to the United States in 1903 from Croatia. In order to help with family expenses, Spudich worked nights and summers in a coal mine while attending high school in Benld, Illinois, and was graduated in 1929. He was a graduate of McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois, in 1933, where he was named to the United Press International All-Star Football Team in 1932, and was All State fullback in 1931 and 1932. Moreover, he played professional football for the St. Louis Gunners, the Tulsa Oilers, and the Chicago Cardinals. Spudich earned his Masters Degree from the University of Missouri and did post-graduate work at Oxford in England and at Columbia University. He taught and coached in Sikeston, Missouri, Cairo and El Dorado Springs; then starting in 1942, at Freeport High School, Freeport, Illinois, where he was head football coach from 1951–1954. Spudich taught English and served as assistant principal. He was a soft-spoken man and had the respect and admiration of his students. Mr. Spudich always had  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
United States of America
American football player


Institution From To
University of Missouri–Columbia

Athlete facts

American football


Date of death

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