Dick Weisgerber

Richard Arthur "Dick" Weisgerber (February 19, 1915 – June 1, 1984) was a player in the National Football League. He played four seasons with the Green Bay Packers.[1]

Born in Kearny, New Jersey, Weisgerber was raised in Newark and played high school football at Saint Benedict's Prep School, earning grades sufficient to be admitted to Oregon's Willamette College (now known as Willamette University).[2]

Willamette coach Spec Keene used Weisgerber as a defensive back, fullback and kicker, leading the nation in extras points as a freshman in 1934.[2] With 13 touchdowns (including two touchdowns scored in the final game of the season on Thanksgiving day against Whitman College), 14 extra points and two field goals, Weisgerber scored a total of 98 points in his 10 games played during the 1936 collegiate football season for Willamette, the second-most of any player in the nation behind Norman Schoen of Baldwin Wallace University, who scored 117 points—primarily on 19 touchdowns—in an eight game schedule on a team that led the nation with 330 points scored.[3][4]

Weisgerber joined the Packers for the 1938 season and played on the team that won the 1939 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants, avenging a loss in the previous year's title game.[2] In his four seasons with the Packers, Weisgerber played 27 games (seven of them as a starter) and had a career record of 34 rushing yards on 11 carries, a single reception for 27 yards, four interceptions and made both of the extra points he attempted.[1]

During the 1941 season, Weisgerber return to Willamette, where he became an assistant coach to Spec Keene. The team finished the season with an 8-2 record, including five wins against the teams in the Northwestern Conference, where Willamette outscored their opponents by a 218-7 margin. At the conclusion of the season the team sailed to Hawaii, where they lost to the Hawaii team by a score of 20-6 in a game played on December 6 in front of a crowd of 24,000 spectators. While waiting in front of their hotel the next morning waiting to do some sightseeing, the team found themselves in the middle of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. They spent the subsequent 10 days after the attack laying barbed wire and were given rifles to guard against a Japanese invasion, before being first able to leave the island on December 19 to return to the mainland.[2][5]

He played for the Packers in the 1942 season and then enlisted in the military, where a service-related injury prevented him from resuming his football career when he returned to civilian life after World War II.[2]

Weisgerber died at the age of 69 on June 1, 1984, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.[1]

Dick Weisgerber
No. 33
Personal information
Born:February 19, 1915
Kearny, New Jersey
Died:June 1, 1984 (aged 69)
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:11
Rushing yards:34
Receiving yards:37
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR


  1. ^ a b c Dick Weisgerber, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed November 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dick Weisgerber, NJ Sports Heros. Accessed November 8, 2017. "Richard Arthur Weisgerber was born February 19, 1913 in Kearny and grew up in Newark. Fast and powerful, Dick was drawn to football as a boy and starred in high School for St. Benedict’s Prep. A good student, he attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon."
  3. ^ Staff. "SCHOEN FIRST WITH 117; Weisgerber Fails to Pass Baldwin-Wallace's U.S. Scoring Leader.", The New York Times, December 1, 1936. Accessed November 8, 2017. "Dick Weisgerber, an Eastern boy who went West to make good in a big way on intercollegiate football fields, made a great bid to snatch the national scoring leadership from Norman Schoen of Baldwin-Wallace during the past week, but fell 19 points short of his mark, according to The Associated Press compilation."
  4. ^ Norman N. Schoen, Baldwin Wallace University. Accessed November 8, 2017. "Schoen was outstanding in football, basketball, baseball and tennis. He topped national scoring in football in 1936 with 117 points. Baldwin-Wallace was the top-scoring team in the nation that year with 330 points."
  5. ^ Wilson, Tom. "When Willamette went to war", D3football.com, December 7, 2003. Accessed November 8, 2017.
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1940 National Football League All-Star Game (January)

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1942 Green Bay Packers season

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Kearny, New Jersey

Kearny ( KAR-nee) is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States and a suburb of Newark. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 40,684, reflecting an increase of 171 (+0.4%) from the 40,513 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,639 (+16.2%) from the 34,874 counted in the 1990 Census.Kearny is named after Civil War general Philip Kearny. It began as a township formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 8, 1867, from portions of Harrison Township. Portions of the township were taken on July 3, 1895, to form East Newark. Kearny was incorporated as a town on January 19, 1899, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier. The Arlington section of town was named for Arlington Station on the Erie Railroad at the Arlington Mill plant, owned by Arlington Mills of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

List of Willamette University alumni

This is a list of the notable alumni of Willamette University, a post-secondary school in Salem, Oregon in the United States. Founded in 1842 as the Oregon Institute, alumni have included those in Congress, the state government, and in the federal and state courts.

Note that the people listed may have only attended the university and may not have graduated.

List of people from Newark, New Jersey

This is a list of notable people from Newark, New Jersey.

Saint Benedict's Preparatory School

Saint Benedict's Preparatory School is a college preparatory school in Newark, New Jersey, United States. It is an all-boys secondary school located on a 12 acres (4.9 ha) urban campus serving students in seventh through twelfth grades. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1990.Established in 1868 by the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey, the school is guided by the sixth century Rule of Saint Benedict. It has been a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark for over 130 years.As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 550 students and 33.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.4:1. The school's enrollment was 13.1% White, 51.3% Black, 33.8% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian and 1.6% two or more races. It serves students from Newark and its neighboring communities; students come from 100 towns and about 215 schools. More than 60 are from 23 other countries.Starting in the 2017-18 school year, the former St. Mary School will operate within St. Benedict's. Classes for kindergarten though sixth grade will be co-ed and grades 7 and 8 will be segregated by sex, while the high school program will remain all boys.


Weisgerber is a German surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Anja Weisgerber, German politician and Member of the European Parliament for Bavaria

Antje Weisgerber, German film and television actress

Dick Weisgerber, American football player in the National Football League

Gerd Weisgerber, German professor of mining archaeology

Jack Weisgerber, Canadian politician and businessman

James Weisgerber, Canadian Roman Catholic Archbishop

Leo Weisgerber, German linguist

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