John Biolo

John Robert Biolo Sr. (February 8, 1916 – February 4, 2003) was a guard in the National Football League.

John Biolo
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John Robert Biolo Sr. (right) coaches Green Bay West high school football.
Personal information
Born:February 8, 1916
Iron Mountain, Michigan
Died:February 4, 2003 (aged 86)
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Iron Mountain (MI)
College:Lake Forest
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Biolo was born on February 8, 1916 in Iron Mountain, Michigan.[1] Biolo died on February 4, 2003 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Biolo was married to Joan Florence who proceeded him in death in 1979. He was a father to 6 children and 22 grandchildren.


Biolo attended Lake Forest College (1935–38) and lettered in baseball and football.[2] Biolo captained the undefeated 1938 football team and was named a Little All American. Biolo is all enshrined in the Lake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame. Biolo was a member of the Green Bay Packers during the 1939 NFL season. As such, he was a member of the 1939 NFL Champion Packers. John was also president of the Packers Alumni. He ended his football career as a referee for the Packers practices.

Biolo continued on as a Player / Coach with the Kenosha Cardinals in 1940 and 41 of the American Pro Football League. Biolo joined the US Navy in 1941 and was commissioned an officer. Biolo flew anti-sub patrols in the canal zone and then received carrier qualification in fighter-bombers in preparation for the projected invasion of Japan. Biolo attained the rank of Lieutenant.

After the war, Biolo taught and coached at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

In 1951, he moved to West High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin and served as assistant principal and Head Football Coach, leading his teams to four straight undefeated seasons. Named the Fox Valley Conference Coach of the Year five times, he led several teams to the Wisconsin Championships in football and track and eventually became principal of the school. He was selected to the All Upper Peninsula Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin State Coaches Hall of Fame. Elected to six years on the WIAA Advisory Council, which oversees high school athletics in Wisconsin, he also served as president of the council. He continued to educate in his retirement, each year teaching students the changes in the tax laws for tax preparation season.

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1939 Green Bay Packers season

The 1939 Green Bay Packers season was their 21st season overall and their 19th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–2 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season by beating the New York Giants in the NFL Championship Game 27–0, earning the Packers their fifth NFL Championship and the first title game shutout ever recorded.

Iron Mountain, Michigan

Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,624 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dickinson County, in the state's Upper Peninsula. Iron Mountain was named for the valuable iron ore found in the vicinity.Iron Mountain is the principal city of the Iron Mountain, MI-WI Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Dickinson County, Michigan and Florence County in Wisconsin.

Iron Mountain hosts a few points of interest such as the Millie Hill bat cave, The Cornish Pump, and is located adjacent to Pine Mountain ski jump/ski resort, one of the largest artificial ski jumps in the world. It shares Woodward Avenue with the neighboring town, Kingsford. In addition, Iron Mountain is known for its pasties, Bocce Ball Tournaments, World Cup Ski Jumps, and Italian cuisine. Iron Mountain was also named a "Michigan Main Street" community by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2006. It is one of only thirteen such communities in the State of Michigan in 2008. It is also the hometown of Michigan State University men's basketball coach Tom Izzo and former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci.

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