Happy Birthday, Chet Hanulak!

March 28th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Chet Hanulak 1954 Bowman rookie football cardFormer NFL running back Chet Hanulak is celebrating his 80th birthday today. Hanulak played for the Cleveland Browns in 1954 and 1957, spending the intervening two seasons in the Air Force. He was a member of the Browns team that won the 1954 NFL Championship. He scored the team’s last touchdown in the championship game against the Detroit Lions.

Before his pro career, Hanulak starred at the University of Maryland. In 1953 he averaged nearly ten yards per carry and led the Terrapins to the National Championship. The Atlantic Coast Conference web site has a recent interview with Hanulak, including a video summary of his college career.

Hanulak is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1954 Bowman. He also appeared on a 1958 Topps card, but he had retired from football by the time it came out.

According to OldestLivingProFootball.com, Hanulak is the 494th oldest former professional American football player.

Happy birthday, Mr. Hanulak!

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