BUKSAR, GEORGE

GEORGE BUKSAR  (Deceased)

Inducted:  May 21, 2000 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth:  August 12, 1926 in St. Joseph, MI

High School Attended:  George Rogers Clark, Hammond, IN     Graduated:  1945     

High School Honors:  1st team All-State junior and senior years; broke punting, rushing, and touchdown records; All-Area, All-County in four sports - football, basketball, baseball, and track; received a full scholarship to Purdue University.

After high school, served in US Navy during WW II.

College Attended:  Purdue U, then U of San Franciso       Graduated:  1948

College Honors:  4-year starter on both offense and defense at PU and U of SF; held records for rushing yards, touchdowns scored, and punting average; held record for longest punt in air in 1948; named to several All-American Teams; also played basketball at U of SF, breaking school record by scoring 45 points in a game.

Professional Athletic Background:  Played offense and defense at linebacker, fullback, and kicker positions for All-American Football League Chicago Hornets 1949; played for Baltimore Colts and led team with 6 interceptions, and set an NFL record for an interception return for a touchdown of 99 yards 1950; played offense and defense for Washington Redskins 1951-1952.     

Special Recognition:  One of first professional players to also work full-time during his career, doing so with IBM.

Family:  Wife, Marilyn; children, Cindy, Laurie, Robert.

Mr. Buksar passed away February 22, 2011.

(Updated April 2011)