Jules Rykovich

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Jules Rykovich
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Rykovich on a 1951 Bowman football card
Date of birth (1923-04-06)April 6, 1923
Place of birth Croatia
Date of death December 23, 1974(1974-12-23) (aged 51)
Place of death Merrillville, Indiana
Career information
Position(s) Halfback
Kickoff returner
Defensive back
College Illinois
Notre Dame
NFL draft 1947 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
Career history
As player
1947–1948 Buffalo Bills (AAFC)
1948 Chicago Rockets (AAFC)
1949–1951 Chicago Bears
1952–1953 Washington Redskins
Awards Co-MVP in 1947 Rose Bowl
Honors Rose Bowl Hall of Fame (1993)
Career stats

Julius Alphonsus Rykovich (April 6, 1923 – December 23, 1974) was an American football halfback, kickoff returner, and defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Bears. Rykovich also played in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) for the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Rockets. He played college football at the University of Illinois and the University of Notre Dame and was drafted in the second round of the 1947 NFL Draft. He was co-MVP alongside Buddy Young in the 1947 Rose Bowl for Illinois, and was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1993.