Standout football, basketball, and track & field athlete at Saginaw High School Named to Class A All-State team in football his junior season Selected Most Valuable Player in basketball and track his ​senior  year Named co-Most Valuable Player in football senior year (1963) Received football scholarship to the University of Nebraska where he was a three-year starter at defensive end Played semi-pro football for two years before signing as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings Starred at defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills and played professionally for five years Vocation Skills Training Center named in his honor in Shreveport, Louisiana