GULYANICS, GEORGE

GEORGE GULYANICS  (Deceased)

Inducted:  August 5, 1989 in South Bend, IN                  

Date of Birth:  June 11, 1921 in Mishawaka, IN  

High School Attended:  Mishawaka              Graduated:  1941

High School Honors:  Earned All-Northern Indiana Eastern Division Conference and All-State honors as a fullback 1941; won a Golden Gloves welterwright title in 1937.

College Attended:  Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, MS

He did not complete college due to draft into Army in 1942.

Professional Athletic Background:  While waiting for his return home after the war's end, he played football with a service team in France; word of his ability filtered back to Chicago Bears owner-coach, George Halas, who offered him a tryout; he played six years as fullback and halfback and was the team's punter; ranks 11th on Bears' all time rushing list with 2,081 yards, a 4.1 yards per rush average; he scored 19 touchdowns between 1947 and his retirement after 1952 season.

Outstanding Recognition:  Served in First Army Signal Corps 1942-1945; went ashore in Normandy at Utah Beach on D-plus 1 June 7, 1944; retired from pro football in 1953 and returned to Mishawaka; elected to Penn Township assessor's office in 1954; held that office for 32 years before his retirement in 1986.

Family:  Wife, Ann Marie; children, Gerald Lee (deceased), George Michael, Eugene "Geno" Leonard, and Debra Ann.

Mr. Gulyanics passed away January 19, 1990.